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What Do You Think? Writing the Op-Ed or Cultural Essay
Writing Pad West
Los Angeles , CA
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What Do You Think? Writing the Op-Ed or Cultural Essay
Do you have strong opinions and no one to share them with? Write an op-ed and make some money off of your passion (op-eds are opinion essays with a strong personal point-of-view). The market for op-eds and cultural essays are huge right now, and there are plenty of places to break in. In this class, L.A. Times contributing op-ed editor Erin Aubry Kaplan will show you how to write an op-ed, make your argument as strong as possible, and pitch to the right editors. Newspapers and websites like the L.A. Times, New York Daily News, Salon and Wall Street Journal have blogs and pages that need op-eds and essays every day and Erin will cover the best way to approach all of them. By the end of the class, you'll have completed and polished one 800-word essay and be ready to send it out to be published! Voila, an essayist!


Instructor: Erin Aubry Kaplan

October Section

Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 4 (2 Mon. nights, 1 one-on-one consultation)
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $240 (includes snacks and tea)
Location: Writing Pad West

About Erin Aubry Kaplan:

Erin Aubry Kaplan is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992. She is currently a contributing editor to the op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times, and from 2005 to 2007 was a weekly op-ed columnist  the first black weekly op-ed columnist in the paper's history. She has been a staff writer and columnist for the LA Weekly and New Times Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor for many publications, including, Essence, Black Enterprise, BlackAmericaWeb, Ms. and the Independent. She is also a regular columnist for make/shift, a quarterly, cutting-edge feminist magazine that launched in 2007. Her LA Weekly feature, "Blue Like Me" won the PEN USA 2001 award for journalism. Erin's essays have been anthologized in several books, including "Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood" (Villard, Washington Square Press), "Step Into A World" (Wiley & Sons) and "Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood" (Doubleday). The last book's contributors include Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks and Alice Walker, and won an American Book Award in 2004. Her own first book of essays and journalism, "Black Talk, Blue Thoughts and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches From a Black Journalista", was published Fall 2011 by the University Press of New England (UPNE) as part of its Northeastern Library of Black Literature. Erin teaches creative nonfiction at the Antioch University MFA in Creative Writing program and is a journalism advisor at University of Redlands.


Writing Pad West (View)
10445 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles , CA 90024
United States


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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