206.52S sec. 001 - Writing to Persuade: How to Win the Hearts and Minds of Any Audience (Summer 2023)
Instructor: Rose Goldberg (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
F 2:00 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 10
Sa 09:00 AM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 10
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 08/24 11:52 PM
Do you have an opinion, personal story, or call to action you want to share with the world in real time? Have you always wanted to see your name in a byline or know how to write an irresistible pitch? This interactive course on the craft of persuasive media writing will show you how.
Media writing is an important skill for lawyers to have in their toolkit. In addition to using written argument in traditional legal advocacy, lawyers also increasingly use the media to advocate for their clients and causes. And sometimes, one opinion article in a major news outlet can bring about change that would have taken years in litigation.
Effective media writing requires that lawyers write in clear, persuasive, and personal terms. This course will help students build these critical skills. We will start by examining how to leverage different types of expertise. Individuals of all backgrounds and legal fields have much to contribute to society’s pressing debates. Next, we will deconstruct the opinion writing form, analyzing a range of structures and techniques of persuasion. This will include best practices for hooking readers, arguing with evidence, and simplifying technical information. From there, we will hone the haiku-like skill of persuasive writing, namely, how to pack a big punch in few words. And since timing and placement are everything, students will learn how to identify what aspect of a story makes it attention-worthy and to craft winning media pitches. Throughout the course, we will critique media pieces on varied topics, read articles on effective persuasive writing, and do in-class group exercises. Students will come away from the course with actionable writing skills for amplifying their voice and message in the public arena, to win the hearts and minds of legal and lay audiences alike.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: General Courses
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