Writing with a Purpose: Essays & Opinion Writing

Schools of Public Engagement: Creative Writing

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Essays & Opinion Writing
Summer 2024
Taught By: Jerry Portwood
Section: A

CRN: 3327

Credits: 3

The act of writing, as author Margaret Atwood put it, imagines a future reader, thus imagining a future. One of the tools writers have in their toolbox is writing an opinion piece with the intention to influence readers. But that doesn’t mean that just having an opinion makes for good writing. A strong opinion piece makes an argument based on facts that is informed by logic—not emotion or ideology. In this writing workshop, students discuss ideas, develop an argument and strong points of view, and write several pieces for potential publication. We discuss how to pitch articles, opinion essays or “think pieces” to various types of digital publications and platforms. Guest speakers include professionals connected in various ways to publications or organizations to offer their viewpoints and tips on effective strategies.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Creative Writing (CRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: June 17, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 25, 2024 (Thursday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:22pm EDT 6/19/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 6/10/2024 - 7/31/2024