Opinion Writing

Write opinion pieces for magazines, newspapers, and websites

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 9-10pm ET, 4 sessions full schedule

Learn how the most persuasive writers in media -- from David Brooks to George Will -- craft concise and compelling arguments on an array of issues. Whether you're writing an op-ed for the New York Times, a blog post for the Huffington Post, or a magazine piece for The Atlantic, this class teaches a proven formula for getting your writing into print. Students will learn how to develop topic expertise, craft compelling arguments and pitch media effectively. 


In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Conceive and structure a convincing op-ed
  • Organize your thoughts to present the best argument possible
  • Decide which topics have the most impact
  • Use first-person technique to write an engaging essay
  • Make a pitch editors will notice

By the end of this class you will have:

Three op-ed pieces/ blog pieces, pitch letters, and ideas on where to pitch.

Daniel Gaynor has taught Op-Ed 101 to hundreds of participants across the country, including policy experts, elected officials and private sector clients. He has written and edited over 500 published op-eds, appearing in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, TIME and numerous prestigious outlets. Gaynor's writing has appeared in outlets including CNN, The Boston Globe, The Hill, GOOD Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Gaynor holds a BA (Honors) in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters Degree (Distinction) in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics. He lives and works in Washington, DC.