Writing for Advocacy: Op-Eds

Saturday, July 24th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

How do you construct a well-written op-ed so it gets an editor’s attention and keeps it? What do you need to include in an op-ed to make it more than just something that tells your opinion? How long should it be, and if you know the answer to that question, is it okay to break the rules? We’ll go over some op-eds, then write and share our own.

Writing for Advocacy Summer Series
How can you best employ the written word to influence decision-makers in today’s unprecedented political climate? In four related seminars, we’ll explore the components of different forms of political writing for both writers and everyday citizens looking to change their corners of the world. Are letters to elected officials worth sending, and if so, what should they include—and what should they leave out? How do you use a personal story in an op-ed? What are talking points and what do you do with them? This series will walk you through some frameworks and provide tools for various types of writing for public advocacy, as well offer ideas for ways to amplify your voice after you’ve finished writing. Students should arrive with an issue or topic they would like to write about in mind. (In-depth knowledge of the issue, while helpful, isn’t necessary; interest and a willingness to learn are the only requirements.) In-class writing and sharing will be part of the class series.

This session is a part of our Writing For Advocacy Series. Please follow the links below to register for the remaining sessions:

Writing for Advocacy: Introduction (June 19th, 10:30am-1:30pm)

Writing for Advocacy: Letter Writing (June 26th, 10:30am-1:30pm)

Writing for Advocacy: Amplifying Your Voice (July 31st, 10:30am-1:30pm)

From Previous "Writing for Advocacy" Students: 

“The instructor was extremely well-prepared and stayed on-point throughout the entire workshop. There was not one wasted second!”

“This class is very well organized, chock full of useful and focused suggestions for approaching political writing on various levels. Also was encouraging for the novice writer, or anyone who wishes to present their opinions in useful ways, with specific tips about the most productive venues and formats for political writing. The instructor is very knowledgeable and experienced in writing and politics, which enhanced the content of her presentation.” 

“Tracy is a highly knowledgeable, organized and responsive instructor provides a wealth of information for anyone seeking to use the written word for political advocacy. In the process, she also gives us several relevant writing exercises so we can begin to put into practice what we’re learning. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.”

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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Tracy Hahn-Burkett
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Previous Students Say

  • "Very Well-Organized"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Workshop
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Nonfiction
  • Publishing & Promotion
  • Professional Development & Skills

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