Write Compelling Commentary with Shari Graydon (Online) – SOLD OUT!

Date: May 10 and 12
Time: 12:00-2:00 Eastern

Homework will be assigned and due before the second session.

Our workshops are open to women and gender-diverse individuals only

Do you have important research or knowledge the public should know about?
Do you work for a non-profit and have a cause to advocate for?
Join our workshop to learn and apply proven strategies to enhance your ability to engage and persuade the public through written commentary. We’ll walk you through the entire process from writing an op ed (commentary) to submitting it to a publication. Get concrete feedback on an idea you’d like to develop into a publishable op ed, and the elements we know make a difference.
Facilitator Shari Graydon, has spent more than 30 years engaging media to draw attention to issues she knows and cares about. Now she motivates and trains others to do the same, developing and delivering highly-rated conference keynotes and practical workshops across the country. The Catalyst of Informed Opinions, she’s an award-winning author and women’s advocate. Since 2010, she has helped amplify the voices of thousands of women across Canada, supporting them in sharing their insights with a broader public.
You’ll leave this workshop with: 
✔️ The ability to own and articulate your authority as an expert (through recognizing and addressing the entrenched undervaluing of women’s expertise by both society and women themselves);

✔️ An understanding of the essential elements and format of newspaper commentaries, including how to build a concise, persuasive and accessible argument that is likely to engage a lay audience;

✔️ The knowledge on how to increase your publication prospects by linking your expertise to the news and enhancing the relevancy and timeliness of your knowledge.

Receive up to 50% off if you’re an employee of an organization with 10 or fewer employees, self-employed or a student (discounts already applied in the dropdown menu below).

Here’s what past participants have said: 

“My published op ed generated 7 interview requests, including two TV tapings and national print exposure. I would not have responded to these without the motivation, guidance and support provided by Informed Opinions.”
– Maneesha Deckha, Professor of Law, University of Victoria

“Informed Opinions’ workshop was informative and highly productive. My op-ed was translated into multiple languages and was the most read story across all Vice networks worldwide for a full day. The feedback has been phenomenal and exciting opportunities have emerged from it.”
– Naila Keleta-Mae, Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Waterloo

“The Informed Opinions workshops have been game-changers – they are full of actionable insights and have taken my career to new heights. Engaging with the Informed Opinions community and content has provided me with the confidence to unlock my leadership potential and accelerated the impact I have had on policy and public affairs in Canada and beyond.”
Anjum Sultana, MPH, Director of Youth Leadership and Policy Advocacy at Plan International Canada


The people we have trained and supported have published hundreds of commentaries. Click here to read some of the analyses they’ve contributed.

Have questions about this workshop? Email us at info@informedopinions.org 

Informed Opinions is a charitable organization committed to amplifying underrepresented voices. All workshop revenues are invested in future training, research and resources. 


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