Claremont Institute

Speechwriters Fellowship

Lincoln Fellowship

Claremont Institute Speechwriters Fellowship
2018 Dates to be Announced in Washington, D.C.
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Certain courses my be held on an alternative day of the week, to be announced in advance. 

About the Fellowship
Modeled after our prestigious Lincoln Fellowship, but tailored specifically for speechwriters, the Claremont Institute Speechwriters Fellowship will combine an education in the principles of the American Founding with a study of modern political speech craft.

The program format will consist of evening classes once a week for eight weeks. The focus of the first half of the course will be statesmanship and American political rhetoric. These classes will be led primarily by Claremont Faculty members and Senior Fellows. The emphasis of the second half of the course will be the application of studied themes to contemporary speechwriting practices. These courses will be taught by former Presidential speechwriters and government advisors, under the direction of former Reagan White House Speechwriter, Clark Judge.

The Curriculum
Fellows will engage in seminars with our distinguished faculty and discuss important themes like equality and the social compact of the Declaration of Independence; the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln; the roots of modern Progressivism and Liberalism; and modern Conservatism and natural rights.  Students will then take part in workshop-styled courses in which they will work directly with former White House speechwriters, government advisors, and their peers on perfecting the craft of speechwriting.

Upon acceptance into the program, fellows will receive a reading packet with designated primary texts and assignments, when applicable, for each course.

Stay tuned for faculty announcements and curriculum updates.

Who Should Apply
Speechwriters currently serving in the executive or legislative branches of federal government. Speechwriters working in the private or non-profit sector may also apply.

Required Information:
- Personal information
- Resume
- Personal statement of interest
- 2 speeches
- A writing sample (published or unpublished op-ed)
- 1-2 recommendations (may be mailed separately)
- Transcripts (optional)


"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed."
– Abraham Lincoln

“If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.”

― Aristotle

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