Roy Peter Clark


Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer and course on Poynter's NewsU The Writer's Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use, and the book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. His latest work includes the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces, companion course on Poynter's NewsU, Help! for Writers and mobile app Help! for Writers. He is part of the one-day workshop, The Writing Process, offered through Poynter's NewsU. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on Poynter.org. You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

His newest book is How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.

Clark has taught writing at every level -- from school children to Pulitzer Prize-winning authors -- for more than 30 years, and has spoken about the writer's craft on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR and Today; at conferences from Singapore to Brazil; and at news organizations from The New York Times to the Sowetan in South Africa.

His other books include: "Free to Write: A Journalist Teaches Young Writers," "Coaching Writers: Editors and Reporters Working Together," "America's Best Newspaper Writing," "The Craft and Values of American Journalism" and "The Changing South of Gene Patterson: The Journalism of Civil Rights, 1960-1968."

He is a Distinguished Service Member of the American Society of News Editors.

Read his complete Poynter profile here.