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Column-writing with Owen Jones

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Learn how to write compelling columns that challenge the status quo at this unique online masterclass

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A well-written column is an effective way to raise important issues and represent people who are otherwise airbrushed out of existence. Whatever your point of view, award-winning Guardian columnist Owen Jones can help you to turn your knowledge and passion into a persuasive argument.

Suitable for writers of all levels, this inspiring evening includes advice on everything from pitching story ideas to editors to researching a subject and structuring a column. The class is a unique opportunity to hear Owen share his experiences as a journalist, and offer tips on presenting an argument with confidence. Tickets are limited – so book your place now and spend the evening soaking up insights from one of the Guardian’s most prolific journalists.

Course Content

  • Finding your voice and writing effective polemics
  • A look at different narrative approaches – from the contrarian to the activist-columnist and the voice-of-reason
  • How to use research and statistics within your argument
  • Pitching to time-pressed comment editors
  • Structuring an argument
  • Tabloid v broadsheet
  • Using social media and blogs to push your work and get recognised as a writer
  • Q&A

This course is for ...

  • Aspiring journalists and bloggers who want to make money from their opinions
  • Journalists who want to pivot into column writing
  • Creative writers who want to learn more about the technical aspects of writing

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6.30pm (GMT).

Tutor Profile

Owen Jones is a columnist at the Guardian and a former columnist at the Independent, as well as a regular TV/radio broadcaster and public speaker. He is the author of Chavs, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It and This Land: The Story of a Movement. Owen is the winner of the 2012 Stonewall Journalist of the Year and 2013 Political Book Awards Young Writer of the Year. Find him on Twitter here.

Course Details

  • Date: Tuesday 23 November 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm GMT

6.30pm GMT | 7.30pm CET | 10:30am PT | 1:30pm ET

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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Welcome to Guardian Masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

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