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Writing for Change — An Interactive Guide to Effective Writing, Writing for Science, and Writing for Advocacy

Alan Barker and Firoze Manji
fahamu, IDRC

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“I can honestly say that Writing for Change is one of the best training programs I have seen. It is very well set out and easy to navigate. It follows a logical progression, there are no missing steps, and it goes into sufficient detail to provide concrete, practical guidance.”
— Sarah Atwell, Training Officer, World Vision

Most of us have to write formally as part of our work and, as we know, effective writing gets results. Few of us, however, have been trained to write effectively and many of us see writing as a tedious chore. This interactive CD-ROM aims to correct that misperception.

In Writing for Change, you will learn the 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 authors

Writing for Change has been developed, designed, and published by fahamu, in collaboration with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The lead authors were Alan Barker, a specialist in communication skills, and Firoze Manji, project coordinator and Director of fahamu. Illustration and design were provided by Judith Charlton.

In Europe, contact fahamu, Unit 14, Standingford House, Cave Street, Oxford OX4 1BA, UK. 


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