The University of Massachusetts Amherst

OpEd Writing Workshop with Scholars Strategy Network

March 9, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Hadley Room, Campus Center

The Public Engagement Project, in collaboration with The Scholars Strategy Network, is pleased to provide a free, hands-on OpEd Writing Workshop for scholars who want to learn how to write and pitch compelling, research-based OpEds.

Participants will learn how to craft a good lede, identify and incorporate timely news hooks, signal the author’s unique and relevant expertise, increase the likelihood of publication, and structure an OpEd for maximum impact. The workshop is great for all scholars, whether they have written OpEds before or are just starting to think about writing their first piece.

Participants should come prepared with an idea for an OpEd in mind and will be guided through shaping their idea into a first draft. Seating is limited. Please register at here by March 2, 2020​​

Featured Facilitator:

Dominik Doemer, Associate Director of Communications, Scholars Strategy Network
Dominik helps researchers connect with the media, write opinion pieces for popular outlets, and develop a media strategy for their work. Dominik has helped scholars place pieces in outlets such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, USA Today, Politico, and many others. Dominik also produces SSN’s weekly interview podcast, No Jargon.

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) connects journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders with America’s top researchers to improve policy and strengthen democracy. SSN is a membership-based organization with approximately 1,500 scholars at 270 universities located in 48 states. Learn more at