How to find your voice as a comment writer
Expressing a strong opinion is the easiest way to engage an audience with a news story, and with thought-provoking opinions at a premium, it's also an increasingly fertile source for journalists. Knowing how to present a strong point of view is an important skill for any writer, or activist. But doing it right is no easy task. To do the job, you have to research the news correctly to find your story, find an original and stimulating angle, maintain ethical equilibrium, have enough personality in your writing to capture the imagination of your readers, and not get yourself or your employers into legal trouble.
This course brings some of the Guardian's biggest personalities together to show you how it's done. Columnist Suzanne Moore offers invaluable advice on how to find your voice – and make it heard – while Comment is Free editor Natalie Hanman provides expert insight into what commissioners are looking for and how to make your writing and thinking stand out.
This large scale event features talks from some of the Guardian's biggest names, providing an overview of the fundamental skills necessary for writing first-person opinion pieces, and how to get them commissioned.
Suzanne Moore is an award-winning columnist for the Guardian. She has also written for the the Mail on Sunday and the Independent, and previously worked as culture editor of Marxism Today and contributing editor of New Statesman.
Natalie Hanman is the editor of the Guardian's Comment is free section, the home of Guardian and Observer comment and debate which hosts hundreds of discussions every week on a wide range of topics from across the world.
One more speaker to be announced.
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