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GPSC24 - Op-ed Writing: Part 1

This workshop is designed for the Public Scholars program.

Learning Objectives

Part 1 - Writing Compelling Commentary - 4 hour workshop
• How to define one’s authority as an expert
• How to compress research knowledge into a compelling thesis for an opinion piece
• How opinion pages function
• How to build a concise, persuasive and accessible argument
• How to identify news hooks that make opinion pieces more timely and relevant
• Best practices in submitting op-eds for publication

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Shari Graydon. Shari Graydon is an award-winning author, educator and women’s advocate with more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the microphone. Since 2010, she has helped amplify the voices of hundreds of women across Canada, supporting them in sharing their insights and analysis with a broader public. Graydon also works with mixed gender groups of academics encouraging them to put themselves forth in the media as subject experts. A former newspaper columnist, TV producer and commentator for CBC radio and TV, she also served as press secretary to a provincial premier, and as president of MediaWatch. Shari has published two best-selling media literacy books for youth, received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons’ Case in 2007, and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN the previous year. Royalties from her edited collection, I Feel Great About My Hands – And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging, benefit Informed Opinions. (Reviews, contributors, excerpts profiled here.) Her newest book, OMG! What if I really AM the best person? was published in early 2016.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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