CTW Events

CTW organizes events each semester engaging with writing topics and giving students an opportunity to share and discuss their own writing and that of great authors of the past. CTW's main events are Writers' Circles, PhD/ThM Forums and Roundtables, and the CTW Readers' Group.


Writers' Circles are lunchtime events focused on particular writing topics. Topics are chosen based on students' questions and faculty feedback on course papers. All are welcome.

Spring 2018 Writers' Circle Events
  • Essential WTS Skills: Time Management. Take control of your time early in the semester by building a reading list, using your calendar effectively, and learning about time management apps.Thursday, Feb. 15, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

  • Digesting for ST Courses. Learn to read actively to understand the author’s distinct argument and write a digest for Doctrine of Christ, Doctrine of Salvation, and other WTS courses. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1-2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

  • Marks of a Great Writer: Learning to Use the Power of the Written Word. Many people have said that George Orwell was one of the greatest writers in the English language. Why? What did he do that was so effective, and how can we learn from him as we proclaim gospel truth? Join us in this session to sharpen your writing skills so that you might better serve the church. Tuesday, March 6, 1-2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

  • NT 123 Hermeneutics: Sample Paper Review. Review the sample paper for NT 123 to identify how to approach, structure, and write your own paper. Tuesday, April 10, 1-2pm, Van Til Rm. 5


 Read and discuss The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century VerseMeets Mondays from 1pm-2pm in Stonehouse Room (Library), Feb. 5 - March 23.


Sight reading of the Hebrew Bible. Meets Thursdays from 1pm-2pm in Van Til Rm. 6, Sep. 6 - Dec. 7. 


No events currently scheduled for Spring 2018.


Roundtables offer advanced graduate students the opportunity to interact with faculty on contemporary issues and academic concerns, dinner included.


In the PhD/ThM forum, students deliver papers and receive feedback from their peers. Its purpose is to help students gain experience presenting their work in a conference-style setting. Feedback can help the writer improve content and clarify ideas before submitting for courses or for publication.

To schedule a paper, please e-mail a copy of the paper with a 100-word abstract (or just the abstract if the paper is not yet complete) to Tyler at Please indicate the date you would like to deliver the paper and, if necessary, your preferred time slot.

Writers’ Circle meets Tuesdays from 1pm–2pm in Van Til, Room 5, unless otherwise noted.


Becoming a Demanding Reader. Learn to read actively to understand the author’s argument, point of view, and distinctiveness.

            Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5


Powlison on Writing for Counseling. Dr. David Powlison examines exemplary counseling writing—both a student paper and JBC article—and discusses their effective features.

            Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5


Great Theological Writing: Valley of Vision. Improve the coherence and symmetry of your writing by learning from the elegant prose of this classic collection of Puritan prayers.

            Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5


Writing and the Public Square. David Mills, editor of First Things, discusses the art of writing and editing to engage contemporary issues.