How To Write (& Publish) Op-Eds: ONLINE

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! Each week, we'll look at published op-eds, commentaries, and topical personal essays torn from the pages (and web-pages) of newspapers, magazines, and online publications ranging from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Salon to The Guardian, Boston Globe, WBUR’s Cognoscenti and publications local to each student. We'll mine these exemplary works for inspiration and instruction, and then, over our 6 weeks together, you’ll write three 600- to 800-word op-eds, each modeled after the kinds of op-eds we will be studying (problem-solution, think piece, policy opinion, etc), plus you’ll revise one op-ed at the end. You'll practice:

  1. how to hone your topic into a focused, timely, topical and marketable idea responsive to current events, news and culture that editors want;
  2. how to leverage your personal experience and expertise;
  3. how to master basic op-ed structure, including crafting ledes and kickers, writing a strong body, and adding support and research;
  4. how and where to submit them to newspapers, magazines, and online publications. You’ll be encouraged submit at least one finished op-ed for publication.

ONLINE, GrubStreet
Six weeks beginning September 18, 2018


Placing Personal Essays in Mainstream Publications: ONLINE

Building a platform has become a successful avenue towards landing an agent or securing a book deal. One way to help build your platform is by publishing work in mainstream venues where your voice and stories will get noticed. Pitching essays to newspapers and print and online magazines is a skill that comes with its own rules and guidelines. This class will teach you how to pitch essays, target market audiences, and adapt your work to appeal to mainstream publications. We'll examine and break down published work, and by the end of the class, you will be able to identify the parts and structure of what makes an essay appealing to a mainstream pub. Feel free to bring in something you're working on for feedback, but it's not required. You'll go home with handouts for reference, a cohesive list of potential markets, and — hopefully — plenty of inspiration.

Testimonials:

"I learned more from this class than in an entire semester of nonfiction class at Emerson College."

"Britni was the most informative instructor I have ever had. Spot on with every word -- no, I am not exaggerating -- being useable information. Every question was succinctly answered. Class timing was perfect. And she seemed to do a great job addressing everyone's varied places on the spectrum of essay writing and what they personally wanted to accomplish. If there were a 10, she'd have mine!"

"The seminar was well-organized, and followed a very well-thought-out progression to help make things understandable. The instructor answered questions very clearly. It was truly amazing- I had absolutely no notion of the amount of work that goes into trying to publish essays! I learned so much."

ONLINE, GrubStreet
Six weeks beginning November 3, 2018


Placing Personal Essays in Mainstream Publications

Building a platform has become a successful avenue towards landing an agent or securing a book deal. One way to help build your platform is by publishing work in mainstream venues where your voice and stories will get noticed. Pitching essays to newspapers and print and online magazines is a skill that comes with its own rules and guidelines. This class will teach you how to pitch essays, target market audiences, and adapt your work to appeal to mainstream publications. We'll examine and break down published work, and by the end of the class, you will be able to identify the parts and structure of what makes an essay appealing to a mainstream pub. Feel free to bring in something you're working on for feedback, but it's not required. You'll go home with handouts for reference, a cohesive list of potential markets, and — hopefully — plenty of inspiration.

Testimonials:

"I learned more from this class than in an entire semester of nonfiction class at Emerson College."

"Britni was the most informative instructor I have ever had. Spot on with every word -- no, I am not exaggerating -- being useable information. Every question was succinctly answered. Class timing was perfect. And she seemed to do a great job addressing everyone's varied places on the spectrum of essay writing and what they personally wanted to accomplish. If there were a 10, she'd have mine!"

"The seminar was well-organized, and followed a very well-thought-out progression to help make things understandable. The instructor answered questions very clearly. It was truly amazing- I had absolutely no notion of the amount of work that goes into trying to publish essays! I learned so much."

GrubStreet, Boston, MA
Friday, November 9, 2018
10:00 AM-5:00 PM


How To Place Essays in Mainstream Publications: A Business of Writing Workshop

One of the surest ways to get noticed as a writer is to publish work in mainstream venues. But pitching personal essays to newspapers and print or online magazines is a skill that comes with its own rules. This class will teach writers how to pitch essays, target markets, and adapt their work to appeal to mainstream audiences. Participants will examine and break down published work, and by the end of the class, they will be able to identify the parts and structure of what makes an essay appealing to a general readership publication. Attendees will have the opportunity to work on one or two sample pitches, so should bring a few ideas that they are hoping to write or place.

Maine Writers & Publisher's Alliance, Portland, ME
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:30 AM-4:30 PM