How to write a policy advice paper

How to write a policy advice paper

I recently completed a series of three policy papers, and noted down the process while it was still fresh in my mind. Please feel free to try this process if you need to write a policy paper (any long-form report with recommendations) for your council. Why a process...
Struggling with a council document?

Struggling with a council document?

The documents we write for councils may not be Moby Dick or The Bone People, but we still have to put in the hard yards to create something from nothing – and novelists can help us to do this. Australian author Charlotte Wood includes an essay about her doctorate...
Notes from a writing workshop

Notes from a writing workshop

At a writing and editing workshop for council officers I learnt as much as I shared with the group. Here’s a summary of what we discussed. I introduced a framework to help us step into the shoes of the people we’re writing for. Empathy mapping involves imagining...
Seven ways to structure your advice

Seven ways to structure your advice

People who work in the local government sector are swimming in information, which is a heady mix of central government and consultants’ reports, scientific data, climate change forecasts, and public feedback. They need to wade through this sea of documents to write...
Three takeaways from a writing workshop

Three takeaways from a writing workshop

Over the past month I have been developing in-depth content for a writing workshop which will include a two-hour overview in the morning and three practical sessions in the afternoon. I have been focusing on making sure I have enough content to provide value for five...