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Jeffrey Seglin

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Emeritus


This writing workshop 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. The class will be run as a writing workshop. Each student will be expected to write as well as provide feedback on other students’ writing throughout the J-Term course. Readings, writing assignments, in-class peer feedback, and class discussions will enable each student 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. There will be both in-class and out-of-class assignments each day of the J-Term course for which deadlines are firm. 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. Every Communications Program course assumes a fluency with the English language. Attendance at first class required.