Skip navigation

Office of the Registrar

Course Info

ENRICH-0054 – Writing: Op-Ed Pieces for Publication (ENRICH-0054_OPED)

That’s Your Opinion! Writing Op-Ed Pieces for Publication

Do you have a strong point of view that you believe others need to hear? Many print and online publications publish short, opinionated essays on topics ranging from politics to parenting, health and retirement issues. In fact, almost every subject can generate a publishable opinion. The key lies in expressing and crafting your point of view for maximum clarity and impact. Guided by Vicki Lindner, freelance writer and award-winning instructor, explore techniques for writing effective submissions, publication options, and classic opinion pieces that have withstood the test of time. Begin with a discussion of what it means to be “opinionated.” Consider essays by John-Paul Sartre, James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Dave Barry, Charles Blow, Maureen Dowd and others, as well as provocative opinions from The New Yorker, The Week, AARP Magazine, Your Dog and Denver newspapers. What techniques do they share? How do they differ in style and construction, and why? Evaluate the ingredients of a first-rate opinion piece, create a list of opinions that you’d like to share, and discuss approaches to writing one. Finally, write, keeping in mind these essentials: concise style, persuasive voice, facts, sticking to word limits, and a directional drive. Then workshop the results in small groups, and get tips on targeting publications and submitting your work. Come away with the knowledge and skills to turn your insightful opinions into clear and compelling pieces. Note: Students are encouraged to bring a laptop to class.

Four sessions
Tue., 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 2017
Location: Room 333, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Vicki Lindner, a published fiction writer and personal essayist, has written opinion essays for Cosmopolitan, High Country News, Casper Star Tribune and many other publications. She is an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and an associate professor emerita at the University of Wyoming.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 13Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $175


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday10th October 20177th November 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallVicki Lindner