Curriculum

What You Will Learn

  • Mastering the Three Types of Policy Stories
  • Developing Persuasive Policy Stories Using Human-Centered Design
  • Structuring and Formatting Your Writing for Maximum Impact
  • Writing Clear and Concise Paragraphs and Sentences
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Telling Your Story

Watch the November 2021 Mini-Class with David Chrisinger (50-minutes) to sample the curriculum. The recording includes 30-minutes of lecture and 20-minutes of question and answer.

Develop Your Writing Portfolio

Develop a writing portfolio to showcase your strength in persuasive, evidence-based storytelling. Customize your portfolio with high-value pieces such as a policy brief, memo, op-ed, grant proposal, personal statement, etc. Your portfolio will grow using the strategies gained in the lectures, case study exercises, and personalized support from peer groups and individual coaching.

Use your new portfolio to:

  • Pitch and publish
  • Highlight your academic readiness for graduate school
  • Apply for internships and jobs in public policy or consulting 

Instructors

David Chrisinger, Program Director, Lecturer

David Chrisinger is the Program Director of the Writing Program and Lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is also the author of Public Policy Writing That Matters, a book for analysts, advocates, and policymakers who are passionate about using writing to effect real and lasting change. 


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Alejandro D. Gonzalez

"David helped me understand the importance of writing concisely and clearly. By reviewing and editing examples of policy writing "gone rouge", David helped coach us through the steps involved in structuring, developing and reviewing a written argument so that your average person actually understands it."

Alejandro D. González, MAIDP’20
 

Credential Award

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, issued electronically, upon successful completion of the credential program. The Certificate of Completion will include the grade earned. The certificate can be shared in future job applications, graduate school applications, or share on professional platforms such as LinkedIn. 


Schedule and Format

  • April 4- May 27, 2022
  • Eight weeks, about 5-8 hours of work per week 
  • Two (2) weekly live zoom sessions 
  • Sessions are 100% live and highly interactive, conducted on Zoom 
  • Live office hours each week with faculty and teaching fellows 

Virtual Format

The lectures are 100% live on Zoom. You can expect active engagement with faculty and peers each session. The virtual program allows you to engage with the class from anywhere as long as you have a stable internet connection.

Time Commitment

You can anticipate a commitment of approximately five (5) to eight (8) hours per week. This weekly estimate is based on three (3) hours of live lecture, two (2) hours for assignments, and two (2) hour of live office hours with faculty, teaching assistants and peer group review.

Office Hours

Live office hours accommodate various time zones and schedules of working professionals. You can anticipate live office hours to be held in the evening of Central Standard Time (Chicago Time, UTC-6).