DPI-821M: Advanced Policy Writing for Decision Makers

Semester: January

Credit: 0.5

Faculty: Morgan McVicar


Day Time Location
First Day 1/5
Meet Day HKS


This course focuses on the essential elements of policy writing: analysis, structure, style and persuasion. There will be a strong emphasis on revision. Students are expected to come into the first day of class with a long-form project underway, such as a white paper, position paper or briefing book. Students working on their Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) or Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA) will find this class particularly useful, though the class is not limited to those students. We will deconstruct examples of superior and poor white papers to understand what goes in to great policy writing and what to avoid. There will be presentations by students in each class, followed by analysis and critique from peers and the instructor. Individual sessions with the instructor are an integral part of this course. Every course in the DPI communications series assumes a fluency with the English language.








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