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The CQ Press Writing Guide for Public Policy



September 2018 | 208 pages | CQ Press
 
Section 1: Introduction
 
Chapter 1: AUDIENCES AND AUDIENCE-CENTERED WRITING IN PUBLIC POLICY
What is Audience-Centered Writing?  
Who is the Audience in Policy Settings?  
The Different Audiences in Policy Settings  
What Do These Policy Audiences Need to Know?  
Learning the Skills of Audience-Centered Writing  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Section 2: The Skills of Policy-Writing
 
Chapter 2: GENERATING AND ORGANIZING YOUR ARGUMENT
Example: The Problem of Sharing Economy Businesses  
Writing is Thinking Then Communicating  
The Process of Creating a First Draft  
Gather Evidence for Your Argument  
Documents  
People  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 3: IMPROVING YOUR WRITING SENTENCES AND WORDS
How to Identify and Create Good Sentences  
Principle 1: Characters Make Good Subjects  
Principle 2: Actions Make Good Verbs  
Principle 3: Choose Words Wisely  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 4: WRITING WELL: PARAGRAPHS AND SECTIONS
Cohesion: Do My Sentences Connect Together?  
Coherence: Does my Paragraph Make Sense as a Whole?  
Editing at a Global Level: Making the Document Make Sense as a Whole  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 5: VISUALLY COMMUNICATING: ON CREATING AND WRITING ABOUT TABLES
Principles for Designing Visuals  
Tables  
Writing About a Table  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 6: VISUALLY COMMUNICATING: ON CREATING AND WRITING ABOUT GRAPHS AND OTHER FIGURES
Elements of a Successful Figure  
Graphs  
Figures  
Conclusion  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 7: PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER: CREATING PROFESSIONAL QUALITY WORK
Polishing Your Document  
Writing Ethically: The Responsibilities of Policy Writing  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Section 3: Policy Genres and Their Purposes
 
Chapter 8: THE ISSUE BRIEF
Distinctive Aspects of Issue Briefs  
Example Issue Briefs  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 9: POLICY HISTORY
Distinctive Aspects of Policy Histories  
How to Organize a Policy History  
Example Policy Histories  
Conclusion  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 10: THE DECISION MEMO
Distinctive Aspects of Decision Memos  
Example Decision Memos  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 11: OP-EDS
Distinctive Aspects of Op-Eds  
Example Op-Eds  
Writing (and Publishing) Your Own Op-Ed  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 12: LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY AND PUBLIC COMMENT: WRITING TO PERSUADE THE GOVERNMENT
Distinctive Aspects of Testimony and Comment  
Legislative Testimony  
Public Comment for Regulations  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  
 
Chapter 13: WRITING FOR NON-TRADITIONAL FORMATS: EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Email  
Twitter  
Conclusion  
Checklist  
Exercises  
Bibliography  

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