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Writing Opinion Essays

Sunday, March 31, 2019

3:00PM - 6:00PM

$60 New Student | $45 Returning

Live Stream Available


You are an expert on something, whether it’s your line of work, your hobby, your neighborhood, your identity, your experiences, your family, or something you’ve studied for a long time. At some point or other, that expertise will be useful to the broader public, to help deepen their understanding of the events of their world. This seminar will focus on building up the skills you’ll need to write opinion essays of 600 – 1000 words, a good length for a newspaper op-ed or a blog post. We will analyze published op-ed pieces and practice the moves their authors make. By the end of the seminar, you will have the beginnings of an op-ed that you’ll be ready to hook onto the right spot in the news cycle. This seminar will offer answers to questions like:

  • What is my expertise, and why do readers need it?

  • What is a news peg, and how can I tailor my perspective to one?

  • What are some structures for print and online op-ed pieces?

  • How do op-ed writers balance argument and narrative to achieve their goals?

  • What should I say when I pitch my essay to editors?

  • Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

    • Jonathan Malesic, Presenter

    • Sunday, March 31st, 2019 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

    • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

    • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

    Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.


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Instructor Jonathan Malesic’s first book, Secret Faith in the Public Square (Brazos, 2009) won the gold medal for religion in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. His essays have appeared in The New Republic, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Hedgehog Review, America, Commonweal, Notre Dame Magazine, and elsewhere. He has participated in the Collegeville Institute’s Writing Workshops and the Virginia Quarterly Review Writers’ Conference. He teaches in the Discernment and Discourse program at SMU.