Thursday, March 15, 2007

How to write an Op-Ed piece

There's a very interesting piece in the New York Times about women making a comeback in the Op Ed page. You may need to register to read past the first page, but it's worth it.

During the seminar Ms. Orenstein laid out a basic formula for writing a 750-word op-ed piece (with the caution that “common sense trumps everything I say”): a lead connected to a news hook, a thesis, three points of evidence, conclusion. And don’t forget the “to be sure” paragraph in order to pre-empt your opponents' comeback, she instructed.

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