Essential Elements of Interpretive Writing

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Why do you write? Is it to inform, instruct, or persuade your audience? Or do you write to help your audience think or feel something new? Effective interpretive writers have basic skills in writing and understand the art and practice of interpretation. This course explores the reasons we write and teaches the essential elements of effective interpretive writing.





Like all interpretation, interpretive writing intends to help people make connections to the meanings of an artifact, resource, or site. But many of the people reading your interpretive writing will not be at your site. They may be looking at web pages or reading a brochure. Your writing may elicit the emotional response that motivates them to visit, donate, or volunteer.

In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about how to create effective interpretive writing products.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Engaging video
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Be able to:

  • Describe how to craft interpretive opportunities for readers.
  • Describe the importance of a theme for interpretive writing.
  • Recognize bias and importance for multiple perspectives.
  • Recognize the importance of the editing process in producing polished interpretive writing products.
  • Differentiate between libel, copyright, and other legal issues in writing.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that students taking this course have experience in interpretation. There are no required prerequisites, but it is recommended that students complete the free Foundations of Interpretation course prior to taking this one.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and roblem-solving skills. For more frequently asked questions, please visit our Help Center.

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