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Speechwriting Workshop

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What you will learn

Learn how to develop speeches that withstand press scrutiny and learn how to write by committee at the Leadership Institute's Speechwriting Workshop taught by expert speechwriter Dr. John Shosky.

The Speechwriting Workshop takes place at the Leadership Institute's Steven P.J. Wood Building located in Arlington, VA.

In this class, you will look at professional speeches that are well-written, persuasive, and engaging. Your instructor will discuss the primary components of speechwriting, including research, argument development, formatting, and more.

You will talk about effectively using a speech in a political campaign, discuss target audiences, pro-active messaging, winning strategies, and effective impact.

Who it's for:
  • Media and communications professionals
  • Elected officials and candidates
  • Aspiring speechwriters
  • Anyone preparing for an upcoming speaking engagement
How you'll benefit:
  • Understand and analyze successful speeches
  • Work with a team to write by committee
  • Deploy powerful language that will leave a lasting impression
  • Organize and prepare effective speeches with the audience in mind
  • Amplify the voice of your boss or clients by writing in their best
What to expect: This two-evening workshop includes equal parts lecture and practice. The first evening consists of instruction and interactive samples of select speeches. The second evening consists of speech delivery and analysis by the instructor and the audience.
What's included:
  • Welcome packet and notepad
  • Notes and training materials
  • Personalized critique of your speech (time permitting)
  • Dinner each evening
Cost: $75*
*Ask us about student and group rates.


Starts Monday, December 10

Mon 10:   6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM EST
Tue 11:   6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM EST


Leadership Institute
Steven P.J. Wood Building
1101 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201 Map


$75.00 $15.00 discount for early registration until 11/30/18 Your Cost: $60.00


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Your faculty

John Shosky

John Shosky

President, Roncalli Communications

John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, Inc. He has been a professional speechwriter, consultant, coach, and trainer for thirty years. He has written almost 3000 speeches for government officials, political candidates, and public interest advocates. This amounts to over seven million words on the public record.

He has been a speechwriter at the highest levels of government. Dr. Shosky has served in the Reagan, Bush (41) and Bush (43) Administrations, working in the Executive Office of the President, White House Public Affairs, The Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In addition, Dr. Shosky is the author of two books: Speaking to Lead, London: Biteback Publishing 2010, and The Words of our Time, London: Biteback Publishing 2012.

In a recent review of The Words of our Time, former Tony Blair speechwriter Phillip Collins wrote “Shosky's introduction is so full of insight and great tips that I wanted more. He knows what he is talking about.”