Getting Published: Adapting Your Writing for Newspapers, Magazines and Job Applications

April 23, 2019

Seniors, juniors and graduate students are invited to apply for this workshop, offered during Spring 2019 Reading Period. The participants will explore how to turn some part of their thesis, junior paper or other piece of writing into publishable work suitable for a popular audience. The workshop is aimed at those who want to adapt an excerpt into an article, op-ed or essay for a general-interest publication, or revise an excerpt for use in a job application or as a writing sample. Participants can also discuss how to add a multimedia component to their project.

May 10 — Lunchtime Workshop
May 10-11 — Individual Consultations

Edward Wong, a diplomatic and international correspondent for The New York Times, will lead the workshop. Edward has reported for 20 years at the Times and is and is based in the Washington bureau. He worked for 13 years in China and Iraq. After a tour as Beijing bureau chief, he taught at Princeton University as a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism. His seminar course was “International Reporting: From Baghdad to Beijing.” This will be Edward’s third year leading the publishing workshop.

Before the individual consultation, Edward will read your thesis, junior paper or other piece of writing. He will then work with you to identify elements of the project that might be publishable and advise you on how to create a suitable excerpt.

The workshop is by application only. To apply, please email by midnight on Monday, May 6, the following material to Edward (

— Your thesis, junior paper or other piece of writing
— A document with:
1) a one-paragraph summary of the project;
2) a statement of personal or professional goals;
3) a few paragraphs of biographical information

Earlier applications will have priority. The material should be emailed as Word or PDF files. Applicants will be notified by midnight on Wednesday, May 8, whether they have been accepted into the workshop.

The group workshop will be held in a seminar room in Joseph Henry House, and individual consultations will be held by appointment in Joseph Henry House (on May 10) or Scheide Caldwell House (on May 11).

Please consider applying if your thesis, JP or other piece of writing:

— Makes an argument, or has some insight, that would have contemporary relevance to the worlds of politics or culture.
— Tells a non-fiction narrative, contemporary or historical, that would potentially be of interest to a general audience.
— Contains any other element you can imagine adapting for a general-interest publication.
— Can be adapted to a shorter form to be presented as part of a non-academic job application or as a writing sample.

Edward Wong

Edward Wong is a diplomatic and international correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy, national security and politics from the Washington bureau.

He has worked for the Times for 20 years, reporting for 13 of those from China and Iraq. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran the Times’ largest overseas operation. Before beginning his China assignment in 2008, he was a correspondent in the Baghdad bureau, where he covered the Iraq War from 2003 to 2007. He began his career at the Times by reporting for the business, metro and sports desks in New York. He has spoken on PBS NewsHour, NPR, BBC, CBC and ARTE, and is a regular guest on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

Edward has appeared in documentary films by Laura Poitras and Vanessa Hope and produced a short film on China.

Edward was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is an associate at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He has taught international reporting at Princeton University as a Ferris Professor of Journalism.

Edward received a Livingston Award for his coverage of the Iraq War and was on a team from the Times’ Baghdad bureau that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. He has two awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia for coverage of China. He was on the Times team that received an award for best documentary project from Pictures of the Year International for a series on global climate change migrants. The project was also nominated for an Emmy Award. He has a prize from the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Edward graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He has dual master’s degrees in journalism and international studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

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