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From a historic election in the United States to a racial justice movement spanning the globe, gender equality to environmental activism to your government’s handling of the pandemic—there is no shortage of topics to hold opinions on in 2020. And there’s no better way to express those opinions—and ignite positive change—than through writing. 

So pick up a pen and make a difference! Over the course of one weekend you will:

  • Use your voice to speak out about issues that matter to you, and change minds—and the world—with your words
  • Connect with a team of educators and other young writers from around the world, as well as a guest professional from the field, to hone your argumentative writing skills
  • Explore the writing forms of the Op-Ed and Letter to the Editor and discover the elements of stand-out, print-worthy pieces
  • Fine-tune your ability to craft a compelling and persuasive argument, taking one’s audience into consideration
  • Learn how to write for the “real world,” including writing, pitching, and sharing work with news editors and the public
  • Practice providing and receiving guided edits for—and from—other young writers around the world
Saturday, November 14, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EST
  • Meet your expert educators and fellow writers from around the world
  • Get inspired by the breadth, depth, and importance of the genre and diversity of opinion journalists
  • Explore the issues that matter most to you and persuade readers to care about them, too
  • Find out why YOUR voice matters and why it’s critical that we hear diverse perspectives on current issues around the world
After Session 1
  • Submit your work for individualized expert feedback from our team of writing mentors
  • Share your writing insights and connect with your fellow writers and their work by providing peer reviews
  • Receive expert, personalized feedback on your submitted writing from your writing mentor, with the supportive advice you need to take it to the next level
  • Get insights and encouragement from your fellow writers on your work
Sunday, November 15, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EST
  • Have all your questions about the field of persuasive writing answered in a live Q&A with a professional in the field
  • Get the tools to advocate for a better world through op-ed writing and letters to the editor
After Session 2
  • Submit one piece of writing for another round of individualized expert feedback from our team of writing mentors
  • Give your fellow writers a boost by writing thoughtful peer reviews of their work
  • Receive a certificate of completion that recognizes your entry into opinion writing
  • Incorporate your mentors’ and peers’ feedback to revise and submit two pieces of your writing for our Opinion Journalism Anthology (and submit to news outlets of your choice, too!)

WHEN: Saturday, November 14–Sunday, November 15. Each day will consist of a two hour online session from 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EST, with an additional 1-2 hours of independent activities after the workshops.

WHO: We welcome students ages 13–18 of any writing level or experience.

Please note that we require all participants to appear on either video or audio during the online group meetings (video is preferred, but not required).

EDUCATORS: Meet our team of expert writing mentors here.

FAQ for Parents: If you are a parent/guardian, find out more about our moderation and privacy policy along with more in-depth details here.

COST: 279 USD per participant. Cancellations after November 9 will not be refunded.

Enrollment is now closed. Sign up here to get notified when future workshops open.
About Write the World

Founded in 2012 at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership initiative, Write the World is the global platform for student writers. Using pedagogical methods developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we are expert at guiding students through the writing process, from first drafts to publication-worthy pieces. We host monthly writing competitions in a variety of genres featuring noted guest judges, including Sarah Hurwitz, who served as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama; United States Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman; and United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. We’ve partnered with Facing History and OurselvesJournalism Education AssociationJFK Library Foundation, and PEN America. The writing produced on our platform has been highlighted in The New Yorker and PRI’s The World.

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