Writing the Think Piece
Learn to write provocative pieces on current events and trends in this workshop devoted to crafting powerful essays.
What you can learn.
- Read and discuss powerful examples of thinkpieces from contemporary writers
- Determine what makes a thinkpiece effective
- Learn to research your argument and structure ideas
- Complete several polished pieces in response to news and popular ideas
About this course:Perhaps no genre is more shared, read, and critiqued than the online thinkpiece. As much as these essays capture and analyze the current cultural landscape, they are often misunderstood as quick, cheap, or reactionary. The truth is that the genre is malleable enough for any writer to find their footing and to craft their voice within its limits. Together, we define what a thinkpiece is and is not by reading some of its most well-known writers, including Roxane Gay, Kiese Laymon, and Rebecca Solnit. Then, we work on honing your voice, researching your argument, and giving structure to your ideas. Participants walk away from the course with several pieces of polished work.
Summer 2020 Schedule
These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.