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How to Write a Manifesto

Updated April 17, 2017

Step 1

Discuss with like-minded friends or colleagues the main objective(s) of your manifesto and how these fit into current social or political debates. Write a list of ideas generated in discussion.

Step 2

Research at a library or using the internet the philosophical foundation(s) of the argument you aim to make in the manifesto. Most well-received manifestos engage with solid philosophical stances to substantiate claims and arguments.

Step 3

Use the list and the research to write a draft of manifesto in a short essay format using a word processor. Clearly state at the beginning of the manifesto the main argument using declarative terms.

Step 4

Explain the current political or social circumstances from which the manifesto emerges. Define what your organization, political stance or individual beliefs are, how they developed, and how they connect to and differ from other political and social beliefs. Use brief examples to illustrate your points.

Step 5

Outline what you intend to do, think, or how you intend to respond to this particular understanding of the social or political circumstances.

Step 6

Offer specific ways that readers or others subscribing to your political or social vision can work together to achieve the intentions discussed in your manifesto.

Step 7

Share a draft of the manifesto with others whom you trust. Discuss how it can be improved or clarified. If others work together with you in writing a manifesto, determine who will be identified as the author or authors.

Step 8

Finalize, proofread, publish and circulate the manifesto.

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Things Needed

  • Word processor

About the Author

Jen Randall has been a writer and editor since 2004. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, academic editor, freelance blogger and ghostwriter, covering education, art and design, fashion, culture and society. Randall earned her Bachelor of Arts in comparative history from the University of Washington.