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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Op-Eds 101

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

Tired of expressing your opinions via your Facebook status? Get your op-ed out of your head, off of social media, and into the headlines! In this seminar, you'll learn the basics of writing and submitting the standard 800-word op-ed column/commentary. Via lecture, short exercises, and discussion of examples from published op-eds, you’ll learn: how to hone your topic into a focused, timely, topical and marketable idea responsive to current events, news and culture that editors want; leverage your personal experience and expertise; master the basic op-ed structure, including crafting ledes and kickers, writing a strong body, and adding support and research; and understand how and where to submit your op-eds to newspapers, magazines, and online publications. In-class exercises will help you get a start on a draft. For any writers looking for practical tips to write and get their op-eds into the marketplace.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!