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CW 14 — Find and Amplify Your Voice through Op-Ed Authorship

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 10—Nov 7
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $455
Instructor(s): Rose Carmen Goldberg
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Oct 10—Nov 7
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 12
1 Unit
Rose Carmen Goldberg
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Do you have an opinion, personal story, or call to action you want to share with the world in real time? Have you always wanted to see your name in a byline? This interactive course on the craft of op-ed writing will show you how. Op-eds are a prime way for aspiring authors to get into print, with outlets ranging from The New York Times to USA Today welcoming new voices.

This course will cover the soup to nuts of op-eds. We will start by examining how to leverage different types of expertise in opinion writing. Individuals of all backgrounds have much to contribute to society’s pressing debates. Next, we will deconstruct the op-ed form, analyzing a range of structures and techniques of persuasion. This will include best practices for hooking readers, arguing with evidence, and simplifying technical information. From there, we will hone the haiku-like skill of op-ed writing, namely, how to pack a big punch in few words. And since timing and placement are everything, students will learn how to identify what aspect of a story makes it newsworthy and craft winning pitches. Throughout the course, we will critique op-eds on varied topics, read articles on effective media writing, and do individual drafting assignments and in-class group exercises. Students will receive detailed feedback on a draft op-ed and come away with an actionable pitch plan.

Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Law; Deputy Attorney General, Office of the California Attorney General, Public Rights Division

Rose Carmen Goldberg's writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She received the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Crisis Commentary Award. She teaches legal and op-ed writing at UC Berkeley School of Law and is a practicing attorney. She received a JD from Yale and an MPA from Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.