Writing Workshops & Resources

Reading Your Way Through Seminary (Thurs., 9/4)

One look at your class syllabi and you'll realize that a seminary education involves A LOT of reading. This workshop offers practical tips for developing reading strategies and study habits that will help you survive (and flourish!) during your time at Candler. Click here to access the PowerPoint from this session.

Mastering the Art of the Essay Exam (Tues., 9/23)

The essay exam is a mainstay of large lecture courses. How can you effectively prepare for this type of test? What are some practical strategies for organizing your essay and managing your time? What sorts of things are your professors looking for when grading your work? This workshop will help you quickly improve your test-taking skills. Click here to register!

Writing Your Way into a Ph.D. Program (Tues., 10/28)

Are you interested in applying to Ph.D. programs? This panel discussion will address various aspects of the application process, including how to craft your personal statement and writing sample. Following a brief presentation there will be time for open Q&A with professors and current graduate students. Click here to register!

Writing in an Authentic Voice: Deconstructing the Idea that Candler is Stealing Your Jesus (Thurs., 11/13)

How do we combine our passions and commitments with the rigors of academic learning? Dr. Nichole Phillips will lead this workshop, investigating the way that our commitments and interests connect with the intellectual studies of a Candler education. Click here to register!

Books on Writing 

  • How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren

  • The Seminary Student Writes, Deborah Core

  • Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White

  • Elements of Grammar, Margaret Shertzer

  • Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers, Lucretia B. Yaghjian

Style and Citation Guides 

  • A Manual for Writers, Kate Turabian

  • The SBL Handbook of Style, Patrick H. Alexander, ed.

Online Writing Resources 

  • Emory University Writing Center
    The Emory University Writing Center is not intended to provide Candler students with personal instruction and consultation. However, their website has resources for grammar, writing and ESL issues.

  • Louisville Seminary Online Writing Lab
    Includes not only advice about how to write better, but also extensive handouts and information on other academic skills, from note-taking to test preparation. Its orientation toward students of theology makes it an excellent resource. Also includes help with the Presbyterian ordination exams.

  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    This amazing and extensive site includes guidance about every stage of the writing process. Its depth of grammatical resources is particularly impressive. Also includes tutorials on writing for specific fields, although (sadly) not for theological writing.

  • Duke Divinity School
    One of the best divinity school writing centers around. Includes resources on writing, grammar and research.

  • Critical Writing at the University of Pennsylvania
    Links to help with grammar and writing style. Click the plus-sign box on "Online Resources" to see what's available. The site even includes the lyrics to the Schoolhouse Rock songs you may remember from Saturday morning TV!

  • Diana Hacker's Rules for Writers
    Based on a popular series of books, this unique site offers online quizzes on writing and grammar; click on "Electronic Writing Exercises" or "Electronic Grammar Exercises" and see how well you do!