How to write speeches like Shakespeare

Fri 5 Mar 2021
  • Start: 3pm (UK Time)
  • End: 4pm (UK Time)
  • Venue: Online
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To be or not to be, that is the question.

Friends, Romans, countrymen…

Let us talk of graves, worms and epitaphs…

Shakespeare wrote speeches that have lasted for over 400 years (and still bring pleasure).

Scott Newstok is professor of English and founding director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Scott has written a book that describes how Shakespeare learnt Latin and rhetoric in Stratford and how that education shaped his mind and his plays.

He contrasts the methods of a Renaissance education with the principles that lie behind a modern ‘utilitarian’ education.

In fourteen inspirational chapters, How to Think Like Shakespeare outlines how Renaissance rhetoricians set out to expand the intellectual horizons of their pupils.
Scott urges us to believe that the purpose of education is not to teach a set of skills, but to enhance our ability to think.
In this Zoom conversation, Brian Jenner, founder of the European Speechwriter Network, will talk to Scott about his vision for a renaissance in Renaissance learning.

As well as offering lots of tips for speechwriters, screenwriters and playwrights, you’ll be sure to get some ideas and exercise you can adapt for home schooling.

There will be a chance to ask Scott questions, and, after the hour, those who wish to do some networking with other members of the audience can do so.

You can purchase Scott’s book here.


You will be sent a Zoom link with your reminder ticket 24 hours before the event.

You will be admitted to the event at 3pm promptly.

You may submit a question in advance.

View Brian Jenner’s video review of the book.

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