“Towers” hosts free writing seminar, Sept. 21

Communications Staff — September 5, 2012

Southern Seminary’s Office of Communications invites all students, faculty and members of the Southern Seminary community to attend the “Towers” writing seminar, Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Honeycutt 246.

Jeff Robinson will help attendees hone academic, Web and popular writing, with a particular emphasis on journalism.

Robinson has won more than 20 awards for writing and journalism excellence in his 20-plus years of experience. He served as an editor and reporter for several newspapers in the southeast, his writings appear in USA TodayThe New York Times and Baseball America, and he was the director of news and information for Southern Seminary from 2000 until 2010. At present, Robinson is co-writing a book about John Calvin with SBTS church history professor Michael A.G. Haykin, due out from Crossway. He is now elder of preaching and pastoral vision at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Communications will provide lunch for those who RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 18. To RSVP, email towers@sbts.edu or call (502) 897-4000. Those who do not RSVP may still attend.

Schedule as follows:

  • “This Is My Father’s World”: Christian news writing in a fallen world, the WORLD Magazine approach to biblically focused journalism (9-9:45 a.m.);
  • Journalism 101: the “formula” for clear, concise news writing contrasted with feature writing and in light of common fallacies (10-10:45 a.m.);
  • Nuts and Bolts: Crucial Aspects of News Writing: writing leads, conducting an interview and meeting deadlines (11-11:45 a.m.);
  • “I Hear Your Voice Calling”: feature writing and developing one’s “voice” or style for accepted journalistic practice (1-1:45 p.m.);
  • Don’t Waste Your Journalism: encouragement as to how news writing will make one a better student and gospel minister, with Q&A (2-2:45 p.m.)

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