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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5 4.60 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roy Peter Clark Narrator: Roy Peter Clark, Gildan Author Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781596599840
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One of America’s most influential writing teachers offers a toolbox from which writers of all kinds can draw practical inspiration.

His book distills decades of experience into fifty tools that will help any writer become more fluent and effective. Writing Tools covers everything from the most basic to the more complex and provides more than two hundred examples from literature and journalism to illustrate the concepts.

For students, aspiring novelists, and writers of memos, e-mails, PowerPoint presentations, and love letters, here are fifty indispensable, memorable, and usable tools.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pull out a favorite novel or short story and read it with the guidance of Clark’s ideas…Readers will find new worlds in familiar places. And writers will be inspired to pick up their pens.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In The Elements of Style, Professor William Strunk gaveled English usage to order and E. B. White elevated its style. Now the ebullient Roy Peter Clark sets the lyrics of the language to playful music and lets it dance. His Writing Tools fits on the same shelf as Strunk and White and lends it some streetwise fun…Americans from college student to memo-mangling CEO need this one on the desk. It’s not just a helpful handbook to sort out awkward writing. It’s a public service.”

    Eugene C. Patterson, Pulitzer Prize–winning editor and retired chairman and CEO, St. Petersburg Times

  • “What a relief to read a handbook about writing that stresses tools, not rules, that shows what you can do as a writer as opposed to what you should do…The book is beautifully carpentered, the prose equivalent of a Shaker table, which I predict will hold up to continued and hard use as the years go by and it mellows into a classic and a keeper.”

    Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Miracle and Uphill Walkers

  • “In this terrific book, Roy Peter Clark helps us see that what we secretly hoped is true—that any person, at any stage, can become a better writer…Every writer should have this book.”

    Diana K. Sugg, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, Baltimore Sun

  • “This is a useful tool for writers at all levels of experience, and it’s entertainingly written, with plenty of helpful examples.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharen Sandoval | 2/19/2014

    " I love this book. It is very helpful. I love the free itunes download for this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estelle Marchasin | 2/17/2014

    " best craft book so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.G. Fewston | 2/11/2014

    " An outstanding tool for any writer... a far superior book with its short chapters and it is extremely well-organized from fine grammar points to larger plot issues... no additional reading required to understand the tools inside this book... a strong recommend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Bellais | 2/3/2014

    " An excellent book. Easy to read and ready reference when it comes to verbs, nouns, -ing words and the long sentence, such as this one. The workshop exercises are ideal and gave me the tools to examine my own writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Polino | 1/30/2014

    " Well written and easy to digest. I love the idea of these tips as tools in a toolbox rather than rules to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N.L. Riviezzo | 1/26/2014

    " A lot of really good tips and information for fine-tuning one's writing. A must-have reference for a writer's bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/21/2014

    " Great review of the fundamentals of writing in general and journalism in particular. Should be part of every writer's reference library, ready at hand next to your computer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emanuella | 1/20/2014

    " Every aspiring writer should read this book. It was written for journalists but Clark's advice works across genres for all types of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Manasa | 1/16/2014

    " Very good. Could use a little more depth in a few sections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Dotson | 12/21/2013

    " No better book for writers of any persuasion. So smart, so common sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendi | 12/7/2013

    " I've been reading this one for a long time because I find that I learn more along with the projects I'm working on, if I use Mr. Clark's exercises alongside my work. This book is fun and substantial. It is a workshop that dives into the writers core and makes them better. It's making me better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 12/3/2013

    " This book has earned a place by my side for my future as a journalist. Amazing and thought-provoking advice that I will definitely be using in my writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kail | 10/23/2013

    " Great ideas on how to be a good writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/19/2013

    " The tools are solid, good advice. Of course, they're pretty basic--stuff that would likely be encountered in any prose workshop. On the other hand, it's helpful to be reminded of some of that "basic" information occasionally. Readable and clear with workshop assignments at the end of each chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 9/17/2013

    " Tips for writers of all stripes from a master journalist and experienced writing teacher. I've been a professional writer for 25 years and I learned from this. Nice short chapters. Includes exercises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Klar | 8/10/2013

    " Very practical. I will be able to apply many of the "tools" to my writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mac | 7/4/2013

    " Will definitely come back later when there is a better opportunity for writing career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 5/16/2013

    " Excellent book on writing for two simple reasons: Clark keeps his points short and concise, and he makes the point applicable and usable for the writer. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Louise | 4/27/2013

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katia | 12/7/2012

    " Great book on tools of the trade "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holmes | 8/21/2012

    " Excellent advice on improvement of writing skills. It's rather like a styles book, with emphasis on how to pack more power in your writing and how to ensure your skills stay sharp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 8/1/2012

    " A fun little tome that provided a slew of encouragements, thoughts, and ideas for anyone who is wanting to write well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicci | 7/11/2012

    " Whatever good it does me. LOL. Will always continue to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/15/2012

    " Great tips. He examines the greats for us, and gives us the a lifetimes of his insights. Thanks Roy Peter Clark for your work! He's saved me a lot of work/time trying to dissect them on my own! Bravo. He kept is all short and concise, E.B. White style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NicAlba | 6/15/2012

    " Best "How to write" book I've ever read. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in writing. "

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About the Author
Author Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing for more than thirty years and has spoken about the writer’s craft on The Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited a number books about writing and journalism, including Writing Tools and The Glamour of Grammar. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.