About the Manual

From the perspective of a coach, judge, and debater, Beyond Resolved explains the workings of Public Forum debate. This is more than a manual for basic concepts such as Cases and Rebuttal. Beyond Resolved is written for debaters of all levels, whether you want to learn about Delivery or more advanced topics like Framework and Judge Adaptation. You will learn how to think about each aspect of Public Forum and put these ideas into practice. Each chapter discusses how the speech or skill integrates into the round, how to practice and perform, and why these skills are necessary to great debating.

Beyond Resolved puts the knowledge into your hands. This manual will help you work toward becoming a better debater, or help you more successfully coach debaters.

The Manual dedicates 200 pages to everything Public Forum: the Speeches, Delivery, Flowing, Framework, Partnering, Strategy, and more. It will help you learn not only how to debate, but how to understand Public Forum so that you can debate better. You can purchase the Manual here.

Here is a look at the contents of Beyond Resolved:

What is Public Forum?

Research and Evidence

Case or Constructive
Sample Case
Block Writing
Impact Calculus
The Second Half
Final Focus
Cross-Examination (CX)

Judge Adaptation
Miscellaneous Strategy
Three Concerns
Closing Thoughts


Ashley Artmann was born and raised in Henderson, NV. She attended Green Valley High School where she competed in Speech and Debate for three years. Her awards include two State PF titles, 7th at 2007 Nationals in PF, a State Extemp title, and 4th at 2008 Nationals in Extemp Commentary.  Ashley graduated from Stanford in 2012 where she studied English and  Communication. While at Stanford she coached at St. Francis High School and taught at the Stanford National Forensics Institute. Ashley was fortunate enough to coach some wonderful students who were in out-rounds at Nationals, the TOC, and national tournaments. She is currently a J.D. candidate at UCLA School of Law in the Epstein Public Interest Program (PILP).