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KAS Conference on Political Speech Writing

Political speech writers exchange notes and share insights

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Speech writing is craftwork. Speech writers are among the most important people behind the politicians. We are assembling 15 speech writers to a conference on this topic in October.

Speech writers for politicians all over the world are constantly looking for inspiration and guidance. How do I write a speech for parliament, for a rural audience or for an urban one? How do I mix the expectations of the politician I am writing for with the realities on the ground? How do I blend colourful language and imagery with the political message that should come across?

The upcoming KAS conference will offer the participants an opportunity to exchange views and insights with fellow speech writers from different parts of Africa, Europe and the United States. The programme also includes tracing the origins of speech writing, a discussion on development process of a speech, and analyses of some examples from different countries.

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Nairobi, Kenya


  • Albert Sharra
    • Researcher (African Politics)
    • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Christoph Plate
    • Director
    • KAS Media Africa
  • Heather Thuynsma
    • Lecturer & Communications Manager
    • University of Pretoria
  • Stephanie Büscher-Haeger
    • Speech Writer for the Mayor of Cologne

Christoph Plate

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Director Media Programme Southeast Europe +359 2 942-4971 +359 2 94249-79

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