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Behind the ManipulationWilliam Barre

Behind the Manipulation

The Art of Advertising Copywriting (First Edition)
By William Barre

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63189-398-8, 212 pages


Coming Soon
The Second Edition will be published Fall 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5165-3200-1

This book teaches the ‘inner game of creativity’ like no other. Understanding and mastering this ‘inner game’ is essential to advertising creativity.

I could turn to any page in this book and find something of tremendous value to students of copywriting. I teach exactly—and I mean exactly—the same things here at the Circus.

The sections on “wordsmithing”—in all media—are packed with insights and useful tips.

This book transforms the dreaded word “textbook” into an experience that’s thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed its style and writing immensely! It’s just plain FUN.

Norm Grey, Executive Creative Director and Founder, Creative Circus Advertising Portfolio School, Atlanta, GA

Behind the Manipulation: The Art of Advertising Copywriting reveals the secrets behind the manipulation that is inherent in all brand advertising. It offers readers a step-by-step guide to writing brand advertising for all media—including social media.

Students learn about the history of brand advertising and its role in marketing, as well as the three major strategic theories of brand advertising. They learn how to think creatively and develop their own unique “voices” for campaigns. The book demonstrates the vital importance of visual thinking in brand advertising and the craft of writing headlines and body copy that support those visuals.

Each chapter is rich with full-color advertising examples and includes “limbering up” exercises that enable readers to put the book’s principles into practice. The core chapters teach students how to create individual ads and commercials, and how to combine them into full, multi-media branding campaigns. The book culminates with twelve creative briefs that readers can use as a starting point in creating campaigns for their own portfolios (“books”), which are essential to getting any job as a copywriter.

Successfully class-tested, Behind the Manipulation: The Art of Advertising Copywriting is the ideal choice for courses in copywriting, advanced copywriting and advertising-portfolio creation, and as a supporting text in general advertising and mass communications courses.

William Barre was a writer and creative director for thirty years at a variety of Chicago ad agencies, including JWT, Foote, Cone & Belding and Campbell-Ewald. He has done award-winning work for many of the world’s most famous brands and companies – Gatorade, Van Camp’s, Hallmark, McDonald’s, Gillette, Kellogg and dozens more. His awards are among the most prestigious in the industry, including Communication Arts’ “Award of Merit,” the Effie, Advertising Age’s “Top Ten Print Campaigns,” and the Clio. Professor Barre earned his M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Campaign-Urbana and began teaching twelve years ago at Kent State University, then the University of Wisconsin. He currently is a lecturer at Central Michigan University.