Help! for Writers

App now available at iTunes ($1.99)

Help! For Writers offers more than 200 solutions to the most common and difficult problems all writers face. Based on the groundbreaking work of Roy Peter Clark and The Poynter Institute, Help! For Writers divides the writing process into key steps, identifies the most common missteps and offers writers the most helpful ways to solve their most pressing writing problems.

Now you can download Help! For Writers on your iPhone for just $1.99 from Apple's iTunes. You can also buy the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces, enroll in the companion course on Poynter's NewsU, Help! for Writers, participate in live chats with Roy Peter Clark and read his columns on

Help! For Writers mobile app outlines five steps of the writing process: getting started; hunting and gathering; finding a focus; building a draft; and making it better. For each step, Clark identifies the the biggest problems writers face and offers workable solutions – more than 200 in all, presented in Clark’s distinctive style.

Whether you are a texter or a tweeter, a sonneteer or a pamphleteer, a novelist or a novice reporter, the practical strategies of Help! For Writers will guide you to success.

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Roy Peter Clark is one of the world’s most influential writing teachers, 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 and companion course on Poynter's NewsU, Help! for Writers. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

The Poynter Institute is a non-profit school for journalism and democracy in St. Petersburg, Fla. Since 1979 its in-person and online writing programs – for students and professional writers – have influenced classrooms and newsrooms around the nation and the globe.

Testimonials for the author and the book Help! for Writers:

“Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anybody I know who is not currently dead.”

-- humorist Dave Barry.

"A wealth of practical advice delivered with a welcome side of gentle reassurance, Roy Peter Clark's Help! For Writers breaks the writing process down into seven steps, spotlighting 20 problems that befall writers along the way and addressing them with 210 solutions. No matter where you get stuck, dip into this book and you’ll find tips and tricks to get yourself moving again – all accompanied by the humor, wit and cheerful sympathy that have made Clark one of the country’s most beloved and effective writing teachers."

-- Jason Fry, blogger, Reinventing the Newsroom.

"Help! For Writers is for you, whether you’re interested in avoiding or solving the problems every writer faces, or you’re just interested in studying how a writing teacher with over 30 years of experience solves writing problems. A highly readable and informative book."

-- Roger C. Parker, Published and Profitable.

"An excellent gift for writers, journalists, bloggers, students, administrators, or anyone who writes, writes, and writes!"

– Kim, SOS Aloha

"Writing instructor extraordinaire Roy Peter Clark…offers clear, practical solutions to address [writing] problems. Anyone who writes will find value."

-- Lisa McLendon, coordinator of the Bremner Editing Center in the University of Kansas journalism school.