Notes from an Op-Ed Writing Workshop with Author Michael Fedo

Insights on how the op-ed game works.

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Michael Fedo. All photos by the author.

The Op-Ed Writing Workshop

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Michael Fedo.


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  1. Most things are not written in first person unless you are offering an anecdote to make a point.
  2. Think of your piece as a story. Everybody loves stories. The best essays are stories. Op-ed pieces should also tell something of a story. He cited a few examples, such as lessons you may have learned while raising a child with disabilities. If you can find a subject within your experience you will have an edge.
  3. He noted that “hot” news stories can be a challenge because of their timeliness. Three days is too long to put together a story in response to an event of major timeliness. The stories you write should have “legs.” In the vernacular of blogging, you want “Evergreen Content” that is as relevant two years from now as last weekend.
  4. Mr. Fedo said that this may be a cliché but it’s borne itself out in real life: “An expert or authority is someone who lives 100 miles or more out of town.” At this point he read one of his own published op-ed pieces titled “Can Capidulance Be the Next Yadda-Yadda-Yadda?” in which he lightheartedly addressed the issue of who gets to create new words.


Distinguishing Characteristics of the Op-Ed

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