Writing a Pamphlet

Marty Barrack

Marty Barrack

Pamphlets are highly effective for getting a concise message to the reader. Because pamphlets are often placed in parish racks and free for the taking, they are convenient for the reader.

The first thing to do is make sure someone else has not already published a pamphlet on the same subject. A good start would be to check Catholic Answers mega-tract pack.

After deciding that a subject area needs to be addressed, the next issue is available space. Microsoft Publisher offers convenient pamphlet publishing formats. However, users who have Microsoft Word, or another word processor, and set their columns appropriately, should be able to get good results.

When writing, every sentence has to be clear, concise and and coherent. Clear means every sentence has to say exactly what needs to be said, with no ambiguity. Concise means it has to be expressed in the fewest possible words. Coherent means that the paragraphs have to flow together toward a single overarching idea.

After the words are in order, pamphleteers work on an attractive layout. That means a few small images that contribute to the message and help break up the text for easier reading, as well as bold type to attract the eye to headings, etc.

Pamphlets should be professionally printed. Most printers accept Publisher files, and virtually all accept Word files. Most printers have plenty of pamphlets around that they can show the novice pamphleteer seeking an attractive layout model.

After the pamphlet is printed, the pamphleteer needs an effective method of distribution. Having five thousand pamphlets in a box at home means nothing. Having fifty pamphlets in each of a hundred parish church racks means a lot.