Writing for change: an interactive guide to effective writing, writing for science, and writing for advocacy

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This resource presents “…core skills of effective writing, how to write for scientific publication, and how to write for advocacy. Writing for Change will enhance your capacity to write in ways that promote action from your target audience. It is full of practical exercises and examples from the field of international development. A resource centre contains training materials and links to many useful websites. Site maps and a printed users’ guide make it simple to follow. Writing for Change will prove useful to researchers, campaigners, scientists, fundraisers, project managers, social activists, and especially trainers in writing and communication skills”.

The following information is presented in Writing for Change:

Effective Writing: Core Skills Writing for Science Writing for Advocacy
Creating a message Developing the context Understanding advocacy
Organising your ideas Preparing an outline Media for advocacy
Writing a first draft Writing the first draft  
Effective editing Topping and tailing  

Reference: Barker, A and Manji, F. (2000). Writing for Change: An Interactive Guide to Effective Writing, Writing for Science, and Writing for Advocacy. International Research Development Centre, Ottawa, Canada. Open e-book online at: https://www.idrc.ca/en/book/writing-change-interactive-guide-effective-writing-writing-science-and-writing-advocacy

Posted: August 2011
Last modified: June 2017