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2023-2024 Academic Year

Winter Quarter

Op-Ed Writing Workshop

Stanford Public Humanities is excited to announce our third month-long workshop on writing and publishing op-eds with Lois Kazakoff, former deputy editorial page director of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Natalie Jabbar, Associate Director of Stanford Public Humanities. Previous participants in this workshop have had success placing pieces in various publications including the Washington Post, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, and more. 

The workshop will take place across 4 weeks and will begin the week of February 7, 2024. You will be expected to complete one draft of a 750-1200 word op-ed that will likely go through at least 2-3 revisions across the workshop. The sessions will be virtual with one in-person session (either the first or last one, to be determined, though it may be hybrid if need be.). 

Loose Workshop Schedule:

Week 1: Workshop with Lois

Week 2: Op-ed Draft Due. In days that follow: Workshopping of drafts in small groups as well as 30 minute 1:1 meetings with Lois during times that work for you.

Week 3: Workshop with Lois/Natalie on tips for pitching and placing op-eds; refining draft in emails with Lois and Natalie

Week 4: Wrap-up workshop to talk about process, feedback, next steps.

Please apply by Wednesday December 13 if you are interested, and we will determine the best meeting time based off your collective responses.

For any questions on the application please email Natalie Jabbar at njabbar [at] stanford.edu (njabbar[at]stanford[dot]edu) 

PAST WORKSHOPS

Spring 2023--An intensive three-day magazine-writing workshop with New Yorker Ideas Editor, Joshua Rothman. 

Fall 2022--A month-long working on writing a book for a general audience with literary agent Molly Atlas and editor Hilary Redmon. 

Fall 2021--A month-long workshop  on writing a book for a general audience with literary agent Alia Hana Habib and editor Vanessa Mobley. 

Spring 2021--A month-long workshop on writing a book for a general audience with literary agent Tina Bennett and book editor Alexander Star (FSG). The goal: to help faculty develop a book idea for a general/non-academic audience and plan the elements of a trade book proposal.

Winter 2021--Following on the success of the first public humanities workshop, a second virtual workshop on writing and publishing op-eds with Lois Kazakoff, former deputy editorial page director of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Spring 2020--The first public humanities workshop: a month-long workshop held over zoom on writing and publishing op-eds with Lois Kazakoff, former deputy editorial page director of the San Francisco Chronicle.