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Final Workshop for the Mediating/Negotiating Essay

For this assignment, the writer has assumed the role of mediator or negotiator to propose a solution acceptable to specific groups with opposing viewpoints on a focused issue. Hence, the essay should move beyond the stated positions and the facts of the dispute to expose the underlying interests, values, and beliefs of those in opposition. Keep in mind that some writers will thoroughly define the problem before proposing a solution while others may present a concise outline of the problem and then spend the bulk of their discussion on the solution.

  1. What are the stated positions and facts of the dispute?
  2. What underlying interests, values, and beliefs of the opposition does the writer treat?
  3. What solution does the writer propose?
  4. Which of these areas need more work for the paper to be effective?