Special Topics in Nonfiction

Op-Ed Crash Course: How to Pitch and Publish Socially Charged Essays

Friday, May 17th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

In addition to being a literary form, the personal essay has increasingly become a way into the news cycle, a platform for cultural criticism and commentary, and a route to getting published. In this one-day workshop, we’ll dissect the pitching process for socially charged op-eds and essays: how to figure out when you have something to add to the cultural conversation, where to look for homes for your ideas, and what you can do to stand out to editors. This class is recommended for writers with some experience who are interested in learning about one route to getting published. We’ll read and discuss successful pitches as well as stellar examples of on-the-news essays. Readings may include work by Jia Tolentino, Roxane Gay, Julia Ioffe, and Ann Friedman, among others. Participants are encouraged to bring a pitch (ideally a written pitch, though possibly an essay idea that can be shared verbally) to workshop with the group. Part-strategy session, part-craft discussion, this one-day workshop will provide an overview of the publishing opportunities proliferating online, as well as feedback on honing pitches and finding the perfect homes for your ideas.


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Nora Caplan-Bricker
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Lots of Practical Tips"


  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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