Coaching Writers: 7 Questions Every Editor Should Ask

Course Overview

Title:
Coaching Writers: 7 Questions Every Editor Should Ask
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Originally Broadcast On:
April 02, 2015
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
April 02, 2015 Enroll Now
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If there are 12 people on your staff, you may have 12 different writing styles and you may need to be aware of 12 sets of idiosyncrasies. To coach them all the same way is to over-communicate with some, ask the wrong questions of others, and neglect a few. Understanding a writer's process is key to helping a writer improve. But just knowing that isn't enough. What questions should you ask? What about their process should you understand?

This one-hour Webinar will show you how to "interview" a writer and how their answers can help you coach them. It will help you build trust and collaboration with the writers you coach, as well as allow you to save time, produce higher quality writing, and grow as a manager.

What Will I Learn:
  • Why interviewing writers is important
  • The seven key questions for interviewing a writer
  • How to think of coaching vs. fixing
  • What steps to take with the answers you get from your writers
  • The practical application of the coaching model
  • How to save time through coaching
  • How to build collaboration and trust with writers
Who Should Take this Course:

Editors who want to help their writers improve, and writers who want more insight into their own writing process

Course Instructor:

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.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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