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How to Write a Letter to the Editor
When people have strong opinions about issues, they often like to share their thoughts. Writing a letter to the editor of a paper or magazine is one way to make your voice heard. To increase your chances of having your letter published, learn to write a powerful and effective letter.
The Purpose of Letters to Editors
Letters to editors are the public’s vehicle for sharing opinions and potentially influencing others to take action or change their viewpoints. When you write a letter to the editor, you are communicating to the editor of a publication. The editor has the option of taking your letter and publishing it on the editorial page of the publication, which is typically a newspaper or magazine.
What Does a Good Letter to the Editor Contain?
Letters to editors can be short; you might try to keep yours under 300 words, unless the publication has another word limit. The letter presents your opinion about an issue or a situation. The opening sentence of the letter should grab readers and make them want to read on. Keep the letter concise, outlining key points and explaining the importance of the issue. Share evidence and facts when possible. An effective letter can state a specific opinion about a solution or an action. It’s also crucial that authors of letters to editors be signed with your basic contact information to enable an editor to contact you if necessary.
What Elements to Leave Out
As you craft a letter to the editor, be careful to leave out elements that may get it rejected. Always write your letter using your own words without plagiarizing other people’s writing. Editors need to publish original text. Make sure that any facts you present are accurate, citing your sources if possible. Resist the urge to include too much information. Letters need to be concise, or they may get heavily edited or even rejected.
Read Samples and Templates
It may help you to write your letter if you read samples of other effective letters to the editor. Many websites offer samples and templates of various types of letters, including letters to the editor and other types of correspondence such as recommendation letter examples. Check the letters to the editor in the publication you’ll be submitting to; you might notice certain writing styles or topics the editor prefers to publish.
If you’re writing a letter to the editor in response to a recent article, write it as soon as possible after the article was published. Ideally, you should write and send your letter within three days if it’s an article rebuttal.
If you’re calling out a company or an individual, include names in your letter. In the case of companies, many monitor the media to know when the company gets a mention. If printed, your letter could lead to personal correspondence regarding the issue — and even a resolution.
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Fancy writing for The TES?
Teachers who see themselves as a classroom Julie Burchill, a staffroom Melanie Phillips or the next Ted Wragg are being invited to enter a competition to find a new TES columnist.
The TES is launching its second search for new teacher columnists, offering school staff a chance to vent their frustrations beyond the staffroom water-cooler.
Entrants are asked to match their sample columns to one of the existing slots in the paper. Would-be Ted Wraggs might compile a wry Last Word piece, while those with comic ambitions might write a Give Us A Break column.
Louisa Leaman won the first competition two years ago, for a column about her work with children with behavioural difficulties. “It’s a dirty, dirty job,” she wrote. “But someone’s got to be stupid enough to do it.”
She has since published three books on classroom management. “Writing has always been a pet ambition of mine,” she said. “And teaching is such a stressful, diverse, unusual job, there’s always something to write about.”
Catherine Paver has written almost 20 columns for The TES, since her article about teaching Shakespeare to the mobile-phone generation was awarded runner-up prize in 2004. “Teaching can be like an absurdist play,”
she said. “You couldn’t make up some of the dialogue you hear. Most newspapers tend to cover only the big, political picture. So it’s nice to be able to tell classroom stories, too.”
Writing can be therapeutic, she said: “It’s a way of dealing with stress. I think if I didn’t write these things down, I’d be sitting on a park bench muttering angrily to myself.”
Entries are invited from all staff, from headteachers to teaching assistants. The winner will be given a cash prize of pound;500, and five runners-up will receive pound;100 each.
Jeremy Sutcliffe, TES opinion editor, said: “Our winner might be deadly serious, wildly funny or both. We’re looking for someone who can articulate the joy and frustration of working in real schools and colleges.”
Closing date for entries is May 2. To enter and for tips on column-writing, go to www.tes.co.uk
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