Writers' Publishing Workshop and D.Min. Writing Program

Offered in an informal setting, the Writers' Publishing Workshop provides an opportunity for a community of writers to be introduced to the publishing world and have their writing critiqued by peers.  There will be opportunities to explore your capabilities as writers, receive feedback from other writers, and time to work in depth with and receive individual attention from an editor. 

The D.Min. Writing Program runs the week after the Writers' Publishing Workshop. This program is specifically for Gordon-Conwell Doctor of Ministry students who need time away from home to work on their thesis projects and to receive feedback and guidance on their work.


Writers' Publishing Workshop:

D.Min. Writing Program:

Writers' Publishing Workshop

The 2013 Writers' Publishing Workshop has been cancelled. Please contact us at ockenga@gcts.edu if you have any questions.

A Tranquil Environment for Writers Serious about Their Calling and Craft

  • Writing during dedicated times to progress on your project and hone your craft
  • Mentoring by encouraging editors
  • Connecting with other like-minded, creative people
  • Getting fresh ideas and support
  • Motivating and encouraging others
  • Focusing on God and describing God’s purpose for your writing
  • Revitalizing your writing life


The purpose of the Ockenga Institute Writers' Publishing Workshop is to provide encouragement, support and useful information for Christian writers who are interested in intensive, hands-on interaction with other writers and from writing and publishing specialists.

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D.Min. Writing Program- August 12-16, 2013

Registration for the D.Min. Writing Program is open! Click Here to register.

The Doctor of Ministry Writing Program is held twice a year for current Gordon-Conwell D.Min. students.  You must be a current D.Min. student to participate in this program. The August session runs one week after the Writer's Publishing Workshop.


The purpose of the D.Min. Writing Program is to provide one-on-one interaction with editor, Linda Triemstra Cook, to help you with your thesis project. Group sessions are also part of the schedule where basic guidelines are reviewed.  Participants value the time away from home to focus intensively on their writing and also the opportunity to receive feedback on their projects. 


D.Min. Writing Program Schedule

Please find below the schedule for the D.Min. Writing Program. This schedule is subject to change.

Monday, August 12, 2013
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch and Introductions
2:00 - 3:30 PM Overview/Beginnings and Endings
3:45 - 4:45 PM Writing a Proposal (only if needed)
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
8:30 - 10:00 AM Blueprints 1: Basic Research Techniques, Literature Review
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Worship
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 PM Blueprints 2: Citations, Putting It All Together
Wednesday-Thursday, August 14-15, 2013
8:30 - 11:30 AM Individual Sessions
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Worship
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch
2:00 - 4:30 PM Individual Sessions
Friday, August 16, 2013
8:30 - 11:30 AM Individual Sessions
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Worship
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch

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Program Details

The cost for the Doctor of Ministry Writing Program is $375/person and includes lunches and snacks during the week. Accommodations, travel and other meals are not covered in the program cost. Due to the high demand for this program and the focus on one-on-one feedback, there are only 14 spots available for this program: first come, first served. If you cannot register due to the program being filled, please contact us at ockenga@gcts.edu to be put on a waiting list or contact list for the January 2014 D.Min. Writing Program.

Time and Location:
The program will take place at the Hamilton campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Registration will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013 in Academic Center Room 351. Group and individual sessions will take place in an Academic Center classroom. Snacks are provided throughout the day in the Ockenga Atrium and lunches are provided in the Dining Hall. For directions to Gordon-Conwell, click here.

Public Transportation:
Gordon-Conwell is located near commuter rail stops, however, you must find transportation from the train stop to campus. The closest commuter rail stops are on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line at North Beverly or Hamilton/Wenham. Click here for a link to the MBTA and train schedule.

Accommodations & Transportation:
Housing during the program is the responsibility of the guest. A room block has been created at the SpringHill Suites in Peabody, MA from Sunday, August 11 - Friday, August 16. Rates are $119/night and reservations must be made 30 days in advance by Wednesday, July 10. Please request the "Gordon-Conwell D.Min. Writing Program" room block. Transportation to and from the program are not included and is the responsibility of the guest to arrange.

There are also some rooms available on campus at Gordon-Conwell. You may contact our Housing Office via email at houserep@gordonconwell.edu.

Local Attractions:
There are a number of local attractions in the Northshore of Boston that you may want to explore during your time here. You may reference the Gordon-Conwell "Out & About" for information about local eateries, activities and shopping. Another resource you may find useful is Exploring New England's Spiritual Heritage written by Garth M. Rosell, a self-guided tour book tracing the spiritual heritage of New England. For more information click here.

Confirmation and Cancellations:
You may consider your cancelled check or credit card statement to be confirmation of your registration. Event tickets will not be mailed. Online registrations will receive an email confirmation. Due to the planning involved with the program, cancellations must be received by July 10, 2013 to receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Cancellations made by July 24, 2013 will be refunded 50%. Cancellations made after July 24, 2013 will not be refunded.

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D.Min. Writing Program Registration

  1. Registration for the D.Min. Writing Program is open: CLICK HERE

  2. To register over the phone, call (800) 294-2774

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