Writing for the Ear
Instructor: Richard Gurgel
In writing sermons, we strive for a style that is not highly structured and academic. It is less formal, more concrete and conversational. It is writing for the ear. Yet much of the writing we did in years of formal education was more academic and abstract, a style more suited to reports and essays. It was writing for the eye. So it remains a challenge to get rid of the stiff, abstract, and formal writing that wants to creep back into our sermons. To help meet that challenge, this course will begin by identifying key characteristics of writing for the ear. We will then work to evaluate individually where we are strong and weak in those characteristics. Finally, we will seek to put those skills to work in sermon writing that displays a growing facility in writing for the ear.
Area of Study: Preaching & Worship
Course Number: ST9011
Course Credits: 1.5