The OpEd Project’s “Write to Change the World” (Part 1)

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: Media and Communications; Professional Development

Abstract

This is a two-day workshop taking place on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, from 11:00 AM–2:30 PM. Registered attendees should plan on attending both days.

Pre-registration required

Limited to 20 people

This virtual workshop covers the full “Write to Change the World” curriculum, broken into multiple sessions, and uses interactive video to connect participants with each other (in pairs, in small groups, and as a cohort) via virtual chat rooms. Because our workshop is based on discovery through group interaction, we ask all participants to commit to the full workshop experience (start to finish). All participants will have follow-up access to our journalist mentors for individual feedback on their op-ed drafts.



The OpEd Project’s mission is to change who writes history. Our programs and curriculum are about leadership, voice, and power. We challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways about what participants know, why it matters, and how to use it. We explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more) and access to our national network of journalist mentors for individual follow-up. We use op-eds as an action step, but the framework and curriculum can apply to anywhere someone seeks to have an impact in the world—at their university or institution, in business, in political office, and beyond.

Our interactive workshop experiences are based on time-tested models of transformational learning, which can unlock knowledge in powerful and unexpected ways. Workshops are designed to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of social responsibility by clarifying our potential impact on the world.