Your Chance to Win Big! The Evan Marc Katz Writing Contest – Part 2 of 2

If you missed last week’s post, I called for you to come up with an angle on a dating/relationship topic about which you felt strongly. After a few fits and starts, your brilliant responses came pouring into the comments section.

Marriage should be abolished.

Relationships should be easy.

Men live for the chase.

Women shouldn’t have sex until they’re in a relationship.

And dozens more…

If you didn’t post your idea in time, you’re ineligible to compete in the contest. Sorry. Rules are rules.

So this contest is based on an assignment I had in freshman philosophy class. The teacher told us to go home and think of a subject about which we felt passionate so we could write a 10 page term paper on it. I wracked my brain, but, since I was a pretty clean cut kid whose main interests were sports and girls, the topic I chose was “Why drugs should be illegal.” (Thank you, Nancy Reagan!) Other students at my Southern university came up with topics like “Why abortion should be outlawed,” and “Why everyone should believe in Jesus Christ”. It was truly fascinating (and telling) to see what topics people chose for this assignment.

Anyway, the following week, we get into class and our professor tells us the full scope of the paper:

Take your topic – the one you felt really, really strongly about – and argue the other side.

We had to thoroughly research the other side, understand the other side, overcome the arguments of our original side, and make a strong case for why we were originally wrong.

To this day, it’s the most brilliant assignment ever – and one which informs all of my attempts to be objective as a writer.

So in order to win a free copy of my $297 Finding the One Online program or a fifty-minute breakthrough coaching call with me, your assignment is to take your topic, and, in 500-1000 words, argue the OTHER side of it.

Your responses should be sent, by January 1st, 2010 to [email protected], and the winner will have his/her full response posted on this blog, for everyone to see. You may keep your anonymity by using whatever name you already use on here.

Needless to say, I’m excited about this. Very few things allow me to geek out like a writing contest where I’m the only judge.

So you know, I will read all of your responses personally and will be judging you solely on the persuasiveness of your argument – not on whether I agree with you.

In the future, I hope you judge me similarly   🙂

Your friend,


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  1. 1

    Classic, Evan. I remember this assignment and I ended up having to argue about why we should have school vouchers. Well, it’ll be interesting seeing what you get!

  2. 2

    A-L , you’re not from New Jersey are you? that’s a hot topic here!

    I wish I could particpate on this.

  3. 3

    So in order to win a free copy of my $297 Finding the One Online program or a fifty-minute breakthrough coaching call with me, your assignment is to take your topic, and, in 500-1000 words, argue the OTHER side of it.

    LOL! *applause*. I can’t wait to see Honey’s entry, though I think Evan had a very satisfying chuckle when he came up with his idea knowing some of the usual suspects in his comment section.

  4. 4

    I’ve used that assignment tons of times in the freshmen comp classes I’ve taught. Nice!

  5. 5

    No, JerseyGirl, I’m from Louisiana. But vouchers have been my voting issue for well over a decade. Unfortunately, not everyone in my state government agrees with me!

  6. 6

    Thanks Steve, but considering I am a) sick, b) about to go out of town and won’t have internet access, and c) can’t use either of the prizes (though I imagine I would enjoy a phone call with Evan!) I don’t think I’ll be able to play.

  7. 7

    When I suggested the topic ‘Legal marriage should be abolished in the USA’ it was because I thought it could engender some lively conversation about the social impact if it ever happened.

    I specifically used the term LEGAL marriage, because even if the government did decide to get out of the legislating relationships business (no licenses, no joint tax returns, no divorce courts), I would still expect millions of people to choose to be “married in church”. Being married in any church would not have secular significance, but those couples would still be married in the eyes of their God and their religious community.

    If someone wants to take this topic, “Legal marriage should NOT be abolished” and can argue the point WITHOUT bringing religion into it, feel free. I’d be interested to hear your reasoning.:)

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    Anette C

    It’s a thinking exercise.

    Problem is, the reason I hold my view, is that I used to hold the other view, debated the other side and changed my mind. Sheesh..

    I’ll definately send in my 500 words. Thanks for another opportunity to think deeply 🙂 Fun stuff 🙂

  9. 9

    It is ON

  10. 10

    Evan you are one tough dating coach – and that’s a big compliment:) ! I’m fresh from Rori Raye and she recommended you to me, and now I see why – it’s because you are no BS! I can appreciate it very much, I’d rather have the truth than just hear what I’d prefer to hear.

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