January 17, 2018 was a dark and stormy night but you’d never know it from the thirty writers who attended to hear prominent columnist Lawrence Brown talk about Op-Ed Writing.at the Sandwich Public Library during the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Writers Night Out.
While an exchange of opinions — especially involving politics– can grow heated, Lawrence urges writers to avoid rants and instead use a reasoned approach. “Try never to hate anyone. Get angry at it — the human condition” he said.
To support an opinion, he suggests the writer address the big idea behind his opinion, hopefully in a series of skillfully written, carefully reasoned columns.
To achieve that the writer must 1) Acknowledge the humanity of those who disagree.
2) Treat their ideas seriously and 3) Ground values in spiritual and political principles.
WITH APPRECIATION TO LAWRENCE BROWN FOR HIS INSIGHTS AND IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO OUR WRITERS.