Theological Writing Center
An important aspect of education for ministry is developing the ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in writing in a way that scholars from one’s own and other disciplines will find accessible. To equip students for this aspect of their work, the Theological Writing Center (TWC) at NBTS helps students develop their skills in theological writing, analytical reading—especially of their own work—and critical thinking.
Helpful Reference Books
All students are expected to get A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) Ninth Edition, by Kate Turabian, et al. (ISBN 978-0226430577). All students are encouraged to also get and read Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White (ISBN 978-0205309023). Both books are available through on-line retailers. The default style for papers and citations will be Chicago Style unless otherwise specified.
The TWC will offer a workshop on “Theological Writing Basics” at the beginning of each term at both campuses. This workshop is available to all students, but attendance by all incoming students, regardless of program, is expected. The workshop will cover:
- The basics of theological writing,
- Expectations of the faculty,
- Why a standard theological writing approach is important, even when it is uncomfortable, and
- An introduction to tools available to help academic theological authors.
Students will be encouraged to form proofreading partnerships with one another. No one can reliably proofread one’s own work, as our minds, knowing what we meant to write, simply gloss over errors and omissions. Learning to work with a partner in proofreading and developing such a relationship is an important skill for ministry.
Having a New Book Celebration at NBTS
An author of a book that relates to one of the disciplines taught at NBTS is welcome to apply to have a “New Book Celebration” in Gardner A. Sage Library. The celebration will be arranged by the Theological Writing Center. Celebrations for books by alumni will be held at the beginning of spring terms when there are books to celebrate, while books by faculty will be celebrated at the beginning of fall terms.
Click here for more information or to apply to have your book celebration at NBTS.
Office Hours & Contact Info
The TWC director will schedule regular office hours from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on each campus once or twice a month (dependent upon demand), rotating around to different class days during the fall and spring terms. During these times, students may stop in for individual help. Students are also encouraged to make appointments with the director for specific help. Email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Appointments can be either 30 minutes or 60 minutes long. Please be respectful of not only the director’s time, but also the time of other students the director could be helping; please keep your appointments, or contact the director as soon as possible if you cannot.
Rev. James Brumm, Director of the Theological Writing Center
Phone (732) 247-5241