DPI-820M B: Policy Writing for Decision Makers

Semester: Fall 2

Credit: 2.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Lauren Brodsky


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 10/18
Meet Day T/Th 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Taubman 275 (HKS)


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 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 highlights modes of analysis, persuasive arguments, and recommendations that turn research and advocacy into action. It will also teach you the strategies, techniques, and production habits of highly skilled writers. Students will complete the module with two polished policy memos.

Each course in the DPI communications series assumes a fluency with the English language.

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