DPI-820M B: Policy Writing for Decision Makers

Semester: Fall Mod2

Credit: 0.5

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Lauren Brodsky


Day Time Location
First Day 10/20
Meet Day T/Th 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM L332


This six-week course helps turn you into a strong policy writer -- someone who writes with the ease, confidence, clarity, and modes of persuasion necessary for professional policymaking. Newer policy writers will learn the styles and genres of policy writing, including proposals, position papers, and briefing books, and gain mastery over the short policy memo style required for most HKS courses. Returning policy writers will find the course a beneficial refresher of the policy writing skills necessary for success in high-level policy making careers. The course presents writing assignments focusing on problems you may face as a policy writer and decision maker, with attention to the research methods, modes of analysis, persuasive arguments, recommendations, refutations, and graphic support that turn research and advocacy into action. It will also teach you the strategies, techniques, and production habits of highly skilled writers. Each course in the DPI communications series assumes a fluency with the English language.






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