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The Language of Coaching

About This Course

Whether you're a new editor who will be coaching a staff of reporters for the first time, a seasoned manager working to improve the skills of the employees you've worked with for years, or a new writer tasked with peer editing, you will benefit from learning the vocabulary and process of coaching.

The goal of this course is to give you the confidence to start coaching and the skills to excel at it. This course uses Roy Peter Clark's method and vocabulary for coaching writers, first published in a book he co-authored with writing coach Don Fry.

Who Should Take This Course?

Writers, reporters or producers who are coaching peers or subordinates on writing of any kind.

Course Instructor

Roy Peter Clark

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. 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 You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark. His newest book is How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.

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