How to write a memo

How to write a memo - To: Bren class of 2008 From: Bren...

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To: Bren class of 2008 From: Bren Writing Center Date: October 10, 2006 Subject: How to write an effective memo The purpose of a memo is to convey information in an accessible, concise format. For example, an environmental scientist might use a memo to outline her latest findings to a policy maker, while a consultant might write one to relay his recommendations to a client. On the surface, these assignments sound simple, but in reality translating technical information to a lay audience can be a difficult task—and one that requires a unique skill set. The goal of this memo is to familiarize you with a memo’s look and feel and to arm you with some useful strategies as you undertake your first writing assignments at Bren. The document that follows is divided into four sections: 1) format, 2) audience, 3) other helpful hints, and 4) some final thoughts. In addition, we have attached a brief list of Web-based memo-writing resources. 1. FORMAT Imagine you’re a state senator. An important vote on climate change is coming up and you want to familiarize yourself with the issues—fast. You ask an environmental expert to write you a two-page memo. How would you want it to look? Chances are, you would ask for a document that is short and easy to skim. To achieve these goals, the following memo-writing conventions have evolved over time:
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