In my classroom I teach writing as a tool of thinking. Using the essay form in its many creative and analytic permutations, my teaching focuses on the questions writers ask and the choices writers make. How can we think like a writer? To explore this question, I want students to understand themselves as entering a conversation with other non-fiction writers from across the globe--both living and dead. Crafting strong prose takes practice and imaginative thinking, and it also takes risks and revision. My classes teach writing as a process of inquiry, an exploration of lived experiences and intellectual curiosities. In this process, students engage a network of ideas that inform their insights and give shape to their writing.