Whether working for justice, serving communities or guiding organizations, religious leader should be able to write for a variety of audiences. Theological school is a perfect place for thinking about hw we put our ideas and interpretations into words. Writing as religious leaders requires thoughtful articulation of our own ideas as well as the ability to clearly explain multiple perspectives on a variety of critical issues. This is an online course geared toward students who wish to improve their critical thinking skills and writing habits for graduate-level academic work and religious leadership. It is recommended for students early in their degree program, but open to all. Students will engage texts from a range of substantive topics and explore various writing assignments, which are common in their education at the GTU. Each day of the intensive week includes discussion of readings for comprehension and interpretation, dedicated writing time, peer-editing sessions and skill-focused activities. First day of intensive will feature a research skill-building seminar from a GTU research librarian. Upon registering and in preparation for the start of the term, students will be asked to read and write a brief essay on an assigned topic. Prerequisites: None. Relates to Threshold 3.