How Do You Write a Protest Letter?

Letters of protest are written to express your opinion to an entity. Well-written letters of protest are taken more seriously and are usually more effective in getting the required response. A well-written protest letter is addressed to a specific person within an organization, explains the issues the protester sees with the current situation, and lays out the actions the protester expects the addressee to take./

  1. Do your homework

    Research the issue to ensure you have a good understanding of the situation. Write an outline to organize your ideas and lay out valid reasoning to support your claims.

  2. Direct the letter to a specific person

    Find the appropriate person to send your letter to and direct it to that person specifically. Type the letter in an easily legible font, especially if your handwriting is not neat and legible. Include a title if appropriate. Make sure you use correct grammar and spelling.

  3. Introduce yourself

    Mention your background, and give details such as your education, training or occupation. Provide a summary of the situation and clearly state your concerns. Back up your position with facts and solid reasoning. Explain how the issue affects you.

  4. State your reasoning in an organized, respectful tone

    Be firm and direct while using a polite and constructive approach. Don't insult or berate the recipient. Don't resort to name-calling or threats. Express your opinion in a logical format without being abusive or rude.

  5. Describe the expected action

    State what action you wish the recipient to take, and request a reply from the recipient.

  6. Close the letter

    Thank the recipient for reading the letter. Sign your full name and include a mailing address and phone number.