Column writing with Owen Jones

Wed Dec 11 2019 at 06:30 pm to 09:30 pm
The Guardian, Kings Place, London, United Kingdom

The Guardian, Kings Place, London, United Kingdom

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Learn how to turn facts and statistics into stories that people care about at this unique masterclass with Guardian columnist Owen Jones.

A well-written column is an effective way to raise important issues and represent people who are otherwise airbrushed out of existence. Whatever your point of view, award-winning Guardian columnist Owen Jones can help you to turn your knowledge and passion into a persuasive argument.

Suitable for writers of all levels, this inspiring evening includes advice on everything from pitching story ideas to editors to researching a subject and structuring a column. The class is a unique opportunity to hear Owen share his experiences as a journalist, and offer tips on presenting an argument with confidence. Tickets are limited – so book your place now and spend the evening soaking up insights from one of the Guardian’s most prolific journalists.


Finding your voice and writing effective polemics

A look at different narrative approaches, from the contrarian to the activist-columnist and the voice-of-reason

How to use research and statistics within your argument

Pitching to time-pressed comment editors

Structuring an argument

Tabloid vs broadsheet

Using social media and blogs to push your work and get recognised as a writer


A percentage of tickets for this events will be donated to schemes supporting greater diversity in the media.

Tutor profile

Owen Jones is a columnist at the Guardian and a former columnist at the Independent, as well as a regular TV/radio broadcaster and public speaker. He is the author of Chavs, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It and the soon-to-be-released The Politics of Hope. Owen is the winner of the 2012 Stonewall Journalist of the Year and 2013 Political Book Awards Young Writer of the Year. Find him on Twitter here.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses | theguardian ! com if you have any queries or concerns.

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