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The Basics of Persuasive Writing

  • 27 Mar 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom

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Persuasive writing is the art and craft of convincing readers of your position or point of view on an issue. To accomplish this, you must grab the reader’s attention, state a clear thesis, and support your position with logical (logos), emotional (pathos), and character-based (ethos) arguments. Persuasive writing is a fundamental skill that is critical to many different fields and careers. If you write an article, narrative essay, book or movie review, nonfiction book, speech, op-ed, legal brief, business proposal, advertising copy, query letter or book proposal, you are using persuasive writing. In this presentation, we will learn how to write a clear, concise, and compelling persuasive essay as a guide to improve your skills for any form of writing.

About James A. Stewart

James A. Stewart is the author of the narrative nonfiction book Mystery at the Blue Sea Cottage, A True Story of Murder in San Diego’s Jazz Age, which Kirkus Reviews selected as its best indie nonfiction book for March 2022. During a twenty-five-year career in the U.S. Navy, he drafted hundreds of position papers and ghost-wrote numerous articles, speeches, and prepared congressional statements for several three- and four-star officers. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the UC Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency program and a BA in English from National University.




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