Through this workshop you will be guided, step-by-step, on how to clearly and persuasively craft publishable commentaries — including how to develop and master that proverbial ‘hook,’ which will enable your submission to stand out above all others.

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Time: two Saturdays, 10:00 to 13:00

Duration: 14 May - 28 May, 2022

Location: QWF Office—Westmount, QC

Description

Open to all.

Limited to 12 participants.

Commentaries provide a critical forum for influencing public opinion, impacting policy, and exercising leadership.  Through this workshop you will be guided, step-by-step, on how to clearly and persuasively craft publishable commentaries — including how to develop and master that proverbial ‘hook,’ which will enable your submission to stand out above all others.

As a trained professional on the intersection between psychology and the media, Lori Sokol will help you take your commentaries to the next level. You will learn how to establish your unique voice, why it matters, and how readers can learn from you.  

You will learn:

  • How to choose a topic worth writing about. 
  • How to know if your topic if of interest to a wide audience. 
  • How to develop trust with your reader.
  • How to find research/evidence to support your claims.
  • How to find a ‘hook’ to attract editors’ attention.
  • How, where and when to submit.

Lori will provide critiquing of each finished submission privately via email. Please note that there will be a two-week gap between the sessions.

Important Note: At this time, our intention is to hold this workshop at the QWF office, with two virtual slots available for QWF members residing outside Montreal but within Quebec. The Atwater Library, which houses the QWF office, requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated and masked at all times. If you live outside Montreal but within Quebec and would like to attend virtually, please write to us first at workshops@qwf.org. Plans can change based on the latest public health guidelines. Please note our virtual slots are currently limited as we are still piloting our new teleconferencing equipment for workshops, and we hope to offer more virtual slots in the fall.

Workshop leader

Credit: Eva Mueller

Lori Sokol, Ph.D., is the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Women’s eNews, an award-winning, global news organization that reports on the most crucial issues impacting women and girls around the world.

Lori’s op-eds/commentaries have been published in the Baltimore Sun, The NY Times, The Huffington Post, and on Slate.com. She has also been interviewed on numerous television news programs including MSNBC, CNBC, WPIX, and most recently in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine.

Her latest book, She Is Me: How Women Will Save The World (SheWrites Press 2020) received The Ben Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association and was a Finalist in the International Book Awards.

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