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Our Op-Ed Competition (March 2017) asks you to share your opinion about a topic of your choosing, in essay form. But where to begin, you might be wondering. When you could write about anything from the global refugee crisis to your breakfast cereal, how do you find a focus?
Start here, dear writers! Forget about the full draft—for now—and simply write a list. Based on your perspectives and beliefs, compose an index of ten opinions, as Renessa Visser does here. This list can include global, national, local, and/or personal concerns, but the items should all share one characteristic: they matter to you.
With this list of topics before you (and with some advice from fellow peer reviewers!), you’re sure to find your best angle for the Op-Ed Competition.