Selected Topics in Public Affairs: Professional Speechwriting

“Pen, Podium, Persuasion & Power”

This career-focused course focuses on key elements of speechwriting, including research, structure, rhetoric, and storytelling. Several types of speeches will be examined, including political, ceremonial, and entertaining.

Students will explore the craft of speechwriting in the North American context and will analyze modern speeches that have shaped today’s Canada. They will learn the skills needed to become part of a speaker’s most trusted inner-circle of advisors. Those who wish to pursue the profession further will be connected with seasoned professionals who can mentor and guide them.

Course Information

Open to all FPA students (BGInS, Communications, Economics, EURUS, Journalism, Law and Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Affairs and Policy Management, Social Work, etc.)

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Pre-requisite: 4th year standing or permission by instructor.

Instructor: Elana Aptowitzer, Head of Speechwriting at the Department of National Defence & Public Servant In Residence, elana.aptowitzer@carleton.ca