Writing 1000, Academic Writing and Inquiry Seminar, is the first of a two-course sequence all incoming students take at SPU. Each word of the course title is important. The course focuses on academic writing, writing that is defined by its reliance upon inquiry. In Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts, Joseph Harris speaks to another characteristic of academic writing, that it “is bound up inextricably with the books we are reading, the movies we are watching, the music we are listening to, and the ideas of the people we are talking with.” He continues, claiming that our work “has its roots in the work of others–in response, reuse, and rewriting.” This conversation happens not only in the texts students read and write, but also in the classroom. So Writing 1000 is taught as a seminar, with 20 students coming together, devoting sustained attention and care to writerly problems, at the end of the course each student able to say something they could not have said on their own, this conversation vital to the work of the academy.