The Art of the Op-Ed with Mai Tran

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM until 1:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Mai Tran
    3 hour VIRTUAL session on Saturday, June 12
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    The term “op-ed” was coined when pieces “opposite the editorial page” appeared in physical newspapers. No such divides are visible in online publications, but the op-ed remains a space for contributors to express informed opinions on evergreen stories and current events, from 800-word personal essays to feature-length articles.

    In this class we will discuss how to craft pieces that move beyond inflammatory or hot takes; what constitutes an “expert voice;” how to incorporate personal experience, interviews, data, and research; and how to locate publications, pitch, and negotiate rates. Students will leave with a pitch for an op-ed. 

    Who Should Take This Class?

    • Writers who are interested in writing for media as well as freelancing

    • Op-ed writers who are interested in how to incorporate interviews, data, and research

    • People who have never written before 

    • Writers who are interested in writing as activism and want to engage with current events

    Your Instructor
    Mai Tran
    lives in New York and is an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a headline contributor at Reductress and her essays have appeared in Vox, i-D, The Guardian, and elsewhere.   


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email

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