Every writer can be a better writer. In this four-week online course, we will take you through the writing process to help you reflect theologically on your life for essay ideas. You will then work with the editors of the award-winning Faith & Leadership to turn one idea into a short personal essay.
As a participant in the course, you will produce one 1,000-word, theologically rich personal essay, ready to submit to a publication.
You will grow in your understanding of the practice of Christian theological reflection and the craft of writing. And you will benefit from the feedback and expertise of seasoned editors as well as an online community of writers.
Once you have polished your final essay, you will receive guidance in how and where to submit it.
- Develop a theologically rich idea
- Identify and write for your audience
- Grow in your understanding of writing as a Christian spiritual discipline
- Constructively critique your work and that of others
- Revise and improve your writing
- Learn how to productively work with editors
You will leave the course with:
- One 1,000-word personal essay, revised in collaboration with Faith & Leadership’s award-winning editors
Dates & Cost
Wednesday, February 15 | 1-2 p.m. ET | $25
Wednesday, March 29 | 1-2 p.m. ET | $25
Sally Hicks is the editor of Faith & Leadership, the award-winning online magazine published by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Previously, she was a senior writer in Duke University’s Office of News & Communications, as well as a reporter, writer, editorial writer and editor for several newspapers, including The (Raleigh, N.C.,) News & Observer and the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times of Florida.
Hicks also has published personal essays and is currently a student in the certificate program at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Nathan E. Kirkpatrick is the managing director of Alban at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.
In this role, he writes regularly for Faith & Leadership. He also designs educational programs, facilitates leadership development opportunities for clergy, denominational and institutional leaders, works with publisher Rowman & Littlefield to publish Alban books, and consults with senior church leaders around the United States and abroad.
He has degrees from Wake Forest University and Duke University Divinity School and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Durham in Durham, U.K., studying trends and patterns in clergy formation. He is an ordained Episcopal priest and serves as the priest associate at the Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill.
This is an instructor-led online course.
Each week, you will read articles and other materials to prepare for a writing assignment and online peer engagement. You will post written reflections and respond to other participants’ reflections, and then discuss these ideas further during an instructor-led online discussion.
Participants will turn in a first draft of a 1,000-word essay in week three of the course. Between weeks three and four, Faith & Leadership editors will consult with each writer by phone and email to improve the essay. Final essays will be posted to the discussion forum to share with classmates.
Course Dates: May 3-24, 2017
Week one (May 3): Identifying and developing an idea
Week two (May 10): Moving from idea to essay
Week three (May 17): Revising and rewriting
Week four (May 24): How and where to submit your writing
Time Commitment: ~4 hours/week for 4 weeks (This will vary depending on each individual’s writing process.)
Wednesdays: 1-2 p.m. EDT: Participants will gather for an online conversation, during which the instructors will offer expert reactions to the previous week’s work and an introduction to the work of the week ahead. (1 hour)
Wednesdays – Sundays: Read/view materials and complete a writing assignment to be posted by noon on Monday.
Mondays: Guidance for online engagement will be posted.
Mondays-Wednesdays: Read and post feedback to others’ writing.
This is a learning experience that thrives on group participation and feedback. Participation in all activities is expected.
Who Should Attend
This four-week, online course is recommended for writers seeking to craft and publish short personal essays. This includes bloggers who want to polish their work for publication; pastors interested in writing in a new format or for a new audience; and Christian leaders seeking guidance in developing a personal voice in writing.
Instructions for using our learning management system (Canvas) and our web conference platform (WebEx) will be provided to participants in advance of the course. No previous experience with either program is required or assumed.
Final essays must be formatted in Microsoft Word for editing.
Registration is limited to 12 participants.
Program Cost: $200
Discount: Participants in the webinar “Writing From Your Life of Faith” will receive a code for a $25 discount.
Registration deadline: April 20 (Course is from May 3-24, 2017.)
- Individuals who cancel 14 or more days prior to the start of the course will receive a 25% refund.
- Individuals who cancel within 14 days of the start of the course or who do not complete the course will not receive a refund.
- Refunds will be processed within six weeks of a participant’s cancellation.
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