From: Kyra D. Gaunt, Ph.D.
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 19:15:36 -0 400
Subject: Highly recommend The OP-ED Project
Dear Ladies (and a few gentlemen),
A few weeks ago, I had the distinct privilege of participating in the Write To Change the World workshop by the Op-Ed Project with about 10 other women.
What I learned is that women insist they are not experts so we are self selecting ourselves out -- the power of gender bias in 2010 is that we discriminate against our own voice. Only 10% of the submissions for op-eds at the Washington Post are by women. 12% get published. We are doing great at getting published, IF we submit. Learn the craft of writing an op-ed but more importantly the workshop is about honoring your expertise, your voice. We each have an expertise to contribute and to withhold it is selfish. The world needs our voices.
Once you complete the workshop, which is worth 10 times the price and the time spent, you can submit a draft of an op-ed to an assigned professional mentor. The mentor guides you through the submission process and helps you polish your writing.
So if you ever had a beef with the world or our society or even you neighborhood you want to get out to the world, that's the power of writing op-eds.
Kyra D. Gaunt, Ph.D.
2009 TED Fellow
Associate Professor at Baruch College-CUNY
Voicing "the unspoken" through song, scholarship and social media