The Writing Process: 10 Steps for Coaching Writers

Course Overview

The Writing Process: 10 Steps for Coaching Writers
Originally Broadcast On:
September 24, 2018
Time Estimate:
Each webinar will be 20 minutes long, with an additional 10 minutes for questions. Each webinar is part of a series of 10 webinars.

This bundle of nine webinars is available for just $49.95 — less than $5 per session!

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This upcoming Webinar will be broadcast on:
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Monday, October 01, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time and
Thursday, October 04, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time Enroll Now
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How do writers and editors continue to do their jobs well and grow in their craft? One answer is coaching, what has been called the human side of editing. Editing is not just about fixing broken copy. The best editors coach the writer, helping the writer fulfill the potential of the story and grow in the craft. Writers need to learn coaching too, so that they can help themselves and help other writers at a time of more pressing deadlines and diminished resources.

Over nine focused and practical half-hour webinars, scheduled conveniently for 2:00 p.m. EDT, Roy Peter Clark, a writer, editor and longtime Poynter faculty member, will reveal, one by one, the spokes of the “wheel of coaching,” ways of thinking about your work that will change your view of it forever.

Session I, September 24: Introduction: Coaching the writing process, from concept through craft: Learn the difference between coaching a writer and fixing a story.

Search for ideas:Develop the capacity to see the world as a storehouse of ideas.

Session II, September 25: Why does this matter?: Learn how to recognize the difference between what is interesting and what is important.

Session III, September 26: Gather evidence: Build a workbench of reporting tools to explore and determine which paths to follow for the most valuable information.

Session IV, September 27: Find focus: Discover what the work is really about and how to communicate that to your audience.

Session V, September 28: Create a blueprint: Don't forget to plan, constructing a beginning, middle, and end.

Session VI, October 1: Consult team members: Collaborate early enough in the process so that everyone can do their best work.

Session VII, October 2: Build a draft: Learn how to overcome obstacles and procrastination through rehearsal and early drafting.

Session VIII, October 3: Revise and refine: Remember to improve all steps of the process (not just your draft).

Session IX, October 4: Publish and seek feedback: Think of each story as a writing workshop -- a learning experience.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to coach a writer beyond simply correcting copy
  • Reporting tools to help uncover information and find the most valuable parts
  • How to communicate a focused, organized story
  • Collaborative methods to get everyone to do their best work
Who Should Take this Course:
  • Editors who want to help writers and reporters
  • Writers who want to grow their understanding of their craft and learn how to work better with those who can help them
  • Educators at every level who want to coach students in reading and writing
  • Supervisors who guide writers in the business and nonprofits
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.

Technical Requirements:

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+

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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