This course is designed to give students an understanding of the process of researching, writing, and revising columns with an emphasis on the importance of audience. While we will spend time distinguishing opinion columns as one type of column, we will also focus on several other types of columns throughout the course. The course will draw on both the published writing of seasoned columnists and columns written by students. The class will be run as a seminar and writing workshop. Through readings, writing assignments, and class discussions, each student should be able to execute a well-thought-out, well-written column. Students should come away from the course with a clear knowledge of how much preparation, work, revision, and understanding of readership go into good column writing. The class starts on time and attendance at every class is mandatory.
DPI-831M focuses entirely on op-ed writing, while DPI-830 focuses on all types of columns. Students cannot register for both DPI-831M and DPI-830 for credit. It is advisable, though not required, that students registering for DPI-830 have first completed DPI-810M, DPI-811M, DPI-820M, or DPI-821M, or a comparable writing course. Each course in the DPI communications series assumes a fluency with the English language.