Writing for Public Audiences: Writing Workshops for Humanities Faculty

The Wake Forest University Humanities Institute is launching writing workshops for faculty members in humanities disciplines who are interested in sharpening their skills writing for public audiences. The workshops will review a variety of print and digital media and identify strategies for faculty who are or who would like to explore writing for public venues.

Writing for Public Audiences: Writing Rx
Monday, November 18, 3:00-5:00pm
304 Reynolda Hall

In November, the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute initiative Writing for Public Audiences continues with Writing Rx: Op-ed Writing Part Two. This workshop will provide faculty interested in writing op-eds with the unique opportunity to consult one-on-one with Maria Henson. Henson is Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large at WFU as well as a Lecturer in Journalism. She won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, edited a series that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror.

Henson will be available from 3-5pm on November 18 in Reynolda Hall 304. Faculty are encouraged to sign up for individual, 20-minute consultations in which Henson will read op-ed drafts, discuss ideas for potential op-ed projects, and give editorial feedback. Projects at all stages are welcome for discussion.

Please contact Aimee Mepham at mephamam@nullwfu.edu to sign up for a time.


Past Workshop:

I Should Say Something: Op Ed Writing Part One
Thursday, October 3, 3-4:30pm
Benson 409
Facilitator: Kimberly McGrath

Have you recently read an article or blog post and thought, “I could have written that”? Do you have a desire to communicate your expertise in your field to the public? Are you passionate about an issue (the importance of the humanities, for example) and want to add your voice to the local or national conversation? Can you do all that in 750 words?

This workshop is for humanities faculty members who are interested in writing Op Ed pieces for print and online publications. Facilitator Kimberly McGrath will share some strategies for effective Op Ed writing, and participants will have an opportunity to read effective Op Eds written by academics as well as practice some of the discussed strategies during the workshop.

Please RSVP to Aimee Mepham, Program Coordinator, Humanities Institute: mephamam@nullwfu.edu.