Every newspaper has an Op-Ed section where editors weigh in on important issues with strong opinions. This type of journalistic piece reads like a compact persuasive essay. Op-Ed pieces are usually under 500 words. With that in mind, when writing one you must convince the reader of your opinion in a very short space. While it’s essential in an Op-Ed to appeal to your reader through logical arguments, it’s also very important to keep your reader reading with an entertaining, engaging style.

Your turn!

1. Pick a topic or issue about which you feel passionately.

2. Gather as much evidence as you can to support your point of view.

3. Now write a succinct, persuasive Op-Ed in under 500 words.