Op-Ed Writing Workshop (November)

Thursday, November 21, 2024
10:00am-11:30am Central/Minneapolis Time

The event will be held in person in Minneapolis during the ASHE General Conference.

Presented by:

Scholars Strategy Network Logo

ASHE has partnered with the Scholars Strategy Network since 2021 to offer a series of professional development events. The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) is a national membership organization made up of college- and university-based researchers interested in improving policy and strengthening democracy. Founded in 2011 by Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, SSN has grown into a network of over 1800 researchers in 47 states. SSN members organize themselves into local chapters across the United States, working to advance the use of research wherever policy decisions are made - from city halls to state legislatures to Washington.

This is one of five events offered in this partnership series in 2024:

Workshop Information

The Op-ed Writing Workshop, presented by the Scholars Strategy Network, teaches foundational media skills for academic researchers. The workshop focuses on how to write and pitch compelling, research-based op-eds. Attendees will learn how to craft a good lede, incorporate timely news hooks, signal the author’s relevant expertise, increase the likelihood of publication, structure an oped for maximum impact, and will be guided through shaping an idea into a first draft.

Who should attend

All researchers who are interested in honing strategies for engaging in media work should attend. Scholars from any career stage, including graduate students, are encouraged to attend.

Learning/Program Outcomes

Attendees of the Policy Brief Writing Workshop will:

  1. Know the different types of OpEds academic researchers commonly write
  2. Understand the parts of an OpEd and know how to craft an effective one based on their own research and goals
  3. Have concrete strategies for pitching their OpEds to editors


  • Registration fees are:
    • $25 for current ASHE Student Members
    • $35 all other current ASHE Members
    • $50 per workshop for Non-Members
  • Registration Close and Payment Deadline: November 1 at Noon Central/Minneapolis Time. Due to planning processes, we are unable to accept late registrants for this event.
  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at ashe.ws/accessibility_prodevevents
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Events Code of Conduct and provide information about accommodation requests.
  • All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.
  • To complete the registration form, you will need your ASHE log-in information. If you do not have an ASHE log-in already (as a current or expired member or Guest account), you can create a free guest account or process payment for membership at ashe.ws/membership that will then allow you to login and register for this event.