Frank Bruni, the former New York Times food critic, and author of “Born Round”, poses for a portrait at “Wine & Roses” restaurant in New York, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Yanina Manolova)
An Op-Ed Writing Workshop
with Frank Bruni
Offered in partnership with The New York Times
Monday, December 11, 2017

This Master Class will explore the elements of a successful op-ed piece in a workshop setting. As part of the selection process​ for the class​, nominees will submit an original op-ed ​that discusses some aspect of K-12 education. ​An abundance of topics are possible, including​ (to name but a few), the Common Core, professional development, race, testing, the arts, relations between colleagues, discipline, lunch, recess, or ​improving ​schools of education. More personal topics ​would also be welcome, such as the problem of teacher burnout, difficult parents, or the student who couldn’t be reached. During the Master Class, the op-eds will be workshopped with an eye to concision, accessible language, and how successfully the piece ​makes a single, clear, overarching point.

Frank Bruni, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995 and has ranged broadly across its pages. He has been both a White House correspondent and the chief restaurant critic. He is the author of three New York Times best sellers: a 2015 examination of the college admissions frenzy, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be; a 2009 memoir, Born Round, about the joys and torments of his eating life; and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History. His first cookbook, A Meatloaf in Every Oven, was published in February 2017 and co-written with his Times colleague Jennifer Steinhauer. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics, including: American politics, higher education, popular culture and gay rights.