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.

Fall 2018 Writers' Circle Events
  • Essential WTS Skills: Reading for Digesting. Learn to read actively to understand the author's distinct argument and write a digest for ST 101 and other WTS courses. Tuesday, Sept .18, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

  • Writing as a Christian Vocation. What is writing? How do you know you're a writer? In this Writers' Circle, we'll consider how you can improve your writing in obedience to God's calling. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1-2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

  • Writing the AP 101 Paper. Learn how to identify and reproduce an author's argument, then identify and explain its internal weaknesses. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

  • Citation Software. Learn how to use programs such as Zotero and Endnote to cite your papers accurately and efficiently and to store sources for future papers. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1-2pm, Van Til Rm. 5
  • Essential WTS Skills: Writing Essay Exams. Essay exams can be daunting, but prepare for exams ahead of time by sharpening your test-taking strategies. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1-2pm Van Til Rm. 5


 Read and discuss One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Meets Mondays from 1pm-2pm in Van Til Rm. 6, Sept. 10 - Nov. 19.


Sight reading of the Hebrew Bible. Meets Tuesdays from 1pm-2pm in Van Til Rm. 6, Sep. 11 - Nov. 20.


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.