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WSP 295 — The Art and Science of Effective Speechwriting

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Oct 15
Time: 9:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Unit(s): 0 Units
Tuition: $210
Limit: 25
Status: Closed
Fall
On campus
Saturday
9:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s)
Oct 15
1 day
Drop By
Oct 8
0 Units
Fees
$210
Limit
25
Closed
Nothing rivals the power of a speech: to transform an idea into action, to chart a new and clear course, to contain a crisis, or define a debate. But how do you write a compelling speech—either for yourself or on behalf of someone else? How do you express a vision and advance a goal in a way that engages your audience and moves them to action?

Whether you’re a prime minister explaining difficult decisions to a national audience, a startup executive preparing to launch a new product or campaign, or you just found out you have a wedding toast to deliver, there is both an art and a science to presenting ideas that stick, bringing facts and figures to life, and connecting with the intended audience in a memorable way.

In this workshop, writers and speakers at all levels will learn the fundamentals of speechwriting: how to build a persuasive argument; how to write for the ear; and how to grab—and keep—an audience’s attention. They will learn the tools that speechwriters rely on to pump life into their words. And they will have the chance to put those lessons to the test during a speechwriting simulation exercise.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Dylan Loewe, Principal, West Wing Writers

Dylan Loewe has written for presidents, presidential candidates, royalty, the CEOs of Fortune 50 companies, the leaders of global foundations, and some of America’s most notable personalities. Previously, he was Chief Speechwriter to Vice President Joe Biden. In 2013, the National Journal named him one of the Obama administration’s top decision-makers. He received a JD from Columbia Law School and a master’s in public policy from Harvard.

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