The Language of Coaching

Course Overview

The Language of Coaching
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course will take about 2 hours to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

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.

What Will I Learn:
  • What technical vocabulary is necessary for coaching
  • Why it's important to know the terminology
  • How to increase your coaching confidence
  • How to build the confidence of those you coach
  • How an editor is different from a coach
  • How to interview writers and find ways to refine their processes
  • Why coaching saves time over fixing and what the differences are
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 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 You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

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