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Join Catherine Orenstein and The Op-Ed Project for an upcoming CHANGE THE WORLD seminar on May 2 in San Francisco. The OpEd Project—featured by The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Katie Couric on CBS News—is an initiative to expand public debate, with an immediate emphasis on enlarging the pool of women who are contributing to our nation's key print and online forums.

Since women currently do not submit op-eds with anywhere near the frequency that men do, we target and train women experts in all fields to write for the op-ed pages of major print and online forums of public discourse. Our mission is to bring about a sea change in our national conversation, which is currently overwhelmingly dominated (85%) by men, regardless of the issue.

The Project has had major successes recently, including pieces written by participants that were published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, the home page of the Huffington Post. One piece by a recent participant was #2 on Google News and had 20,000 hits in the first hour. The topics cover an enormously wide group of issues and interests, from health care and the economy to pop culture and the arts.

Registration information is below. Thanks for forwarding this to your friends and colleagues who may also be interested.

Register atwww.theopedproject.org, or write to laura@theopedproject.org.

UPCOMING SEMINARS:

San Francisco: Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10am-5pm

New York: Saturday, May 9, 2009, 10am-5pm

Los Angeles: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 10am-5pm

Washington DC: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 10am-5pm

Chicago: Sunday, July 26, 2009, 10am-5pm

COST*: Early Registration (10 or more days prior to class): $300 for general public, $250 for alum referrals.

Regular Registration (less than 10 days prior to class): $375 for general public

*We offer reduced or waived fees to participants in need. Contact us to inquire.

*The OpEd Project Scholarships: We do everything possible to make The OpEd Project seminar affordable for everyone who is committed to writing an op-ed. If you need assistance, please be in touch as far in advance as possible.


Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.


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