This is a one-page handout for a writing assignment that can be used for creative writing or journalism class. The assignment is for students to write a 2-3 page op-ed piece on the subject of their choice, as long as the subject has an impact on the public. Topics should be relevant, and the issue should be important to them. The assignment is explained in detail in this assignment, and there is also a 10-point checklist for students to self-evaluate the quality of their work before they turn it in. All that's needed for students to get started on this assignment is this handout, although you might want to give them access to the internet so that they can gather research for their topic.