Roy's Writing Moves: A Video Series with Roy Peter Clark

Course Overview

Roy's Writing Moves: A Video Series with Roy Peter Clark
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course takes about two hours and thirty minutes to complete and you can come back to it any time you need it.

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.

Are you looking to improve your writing but not sure where to start? Learn from America’s Writing Coach how to refine your writing, tighten your sentences and find your voice.

Taught by Roy Peter Clark, a senior scholar at the Poynter Institute and the author or editor of 18 books, this course consists of 50 videos with tips and tools gleaned from writers, editors, teachers and coaches.

With these rules and best practices, you can take your writing from good to great.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use word choice and sentence structure to make your writing more concise and readable
  • Format a story in a way that makes it come alive
  • Develop your writing voice
  • Pace a story with punctuation, structure and more
Who should take this course:

Anyone who has ever struggled with writing. You'll get the tools that not only will make your writing stronger but will make writing easier to do.

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.