Political Speechwriters


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Since speechwriters need to be strong communicators, you should take as many English, speech, and communications courses as you can. Take courses in civics, history, and government as well. If possible, join a speech or debate team to gain experience researching current events, analyzing data, and presenting information to others.

Postsecondary Training

You will need a bachelor's degree, preferably in a field related to communications or political science, to become a political speechwriter. In addition to taking as many writing, speech, and communications classes as you can, you should pursue a well-rounded education, taking courses in history and politics.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for political speechwriters.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Political speechwriters need several years of experience in politics before acquiring a full-time speechwriting position. Experience can be gained by working for a politician before writing speeches.

To be a successful speechwriter, you must possess superior writing skills for both oral and written presentations. The ability to write quickly, persuasively and in a style that reflects the person you are ghostwriting for is key. You must stay up to date with current events and daily news. You must be flexible and able to integrate late-breaking news items into speeches you have written. You must also be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Because speechwriters need to interact with others, you should have good people skills.