Writing for the Ear

  • Jens E. KjeldsenEmail author
  • Amos Kiewe
  • Marie Lund
  • Jette Barnholdt Hansen
Part of the Rhetoric, Politics and Society book series (RPS)


In this chapter, we reflect on the oral aspect of speechwriting with a specific focus on how to write for the ear. Speechwriters will have to write in a way that anticipates oral encounters between speakers and audiences, helping the listeners to stay attentive and remember the speech. We discuss how modern speechwriting responds to complex situations that are both oral and written. Through a comparison with literary language, we trace the characteristics and qualities of oral language. In examples and advice, we illustrate how a good manuscript written for the ear may facilitate memorability as well as persuasive rhetorical delivery.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens E. Kjeldsen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amos Kiewe
    • 2
  • Marie Lund
    • 3
  • Jette Barnholdt Hansen
  1. 1.Department of Information Science and Media StudiesUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of Communication and Rhetorical StudiesSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  3. 3.School of Communication and CultureAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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