Skills institutes are one-credit courses offered in an online format or as part of the required in-person immersion at MAIR online. Skills institute offerings are subject to change each term.
This course introduces the nuts and bolts of conceptualizing, drafting, and pitching op-eds. Students learn about the basic structure of an op-ed, what publications are looking for in an opinion piece, and how to capitalize upon unique personal experiences to get their “foot in the door.” They also learn the undervalued skillset of pitching articles to publications and editors. This is a hands-on course, so students draft sections of op-eds during class for real-time feedback.