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A Writer's Coach: An Editor's Guide to Words That Workby Jack Hart
Synopses & Reviews
Wise, practical, and smart, A Writer's Coach is an exceptional book, offering advice with good humor and great insight. Jack Hart's approach to the writing process will engage you while you're learning, console you when you're stuck, and, best of all, inspire you to be a better writer.
-Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief
A landmark book. A Writer's Coach gets behind the mystique and shows how the successful writer thinks his or her way through stories. It will remove much of the pain, fear, and confusion from a writer's life. With Jack Hart as your guide, the writing process just makes good sense.
-Jon Franklin, author of Writing for Story
Jack Hart is the nation's finest coaching editor and teacher, and his book towers above others of its kind. A hands-on guide remarkable for its completeness, its clarity, and its passion, A Writer's Coach is an instant classic.
-William E. Blundell, author of The Art and Craft of Feature Writing
No newspaper editor in America has done more to inspire good writing than Jack Hart. With this book, his wisdom is now available to writers of all ages.
-Roy Peter Clark, senior scholar, The Poynter Institute, and author of Writing Tools
At last, writers who have not had the opportunity to work with Jack Hart can benefit from his legendary skills as an editor. A Writer's Coach will be a godsend for reporters and editors.
-Stuart Warner, writing coach and enterprise editor, Chicago Tribune
No one has a better command of good writing than Jack Hart. He pays attention to the tiniest details as well as the large concepts-and no concept is too big or too complex. His coaching has producedgenerations of fine writers. His book will help generations more.
-Amanda Bennett, editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer
From the Hardcover edition.
A leading writing coach offers his innovative, step-by-step approach to the entire writing process, from gathering ideas and developing theme statements and outlines, to composing powerful, accessible, and varied writing samples, with practical tips on how to overcome procrastination, writer's block, and other obstacles to good writing. 17,500 first printing.
Mystified over misplaced modifiers? In a trance from intransitive verbs? Paralyzed from using the passive voice? To aid writers, from beginners to professionals, legendary writing coach Jack Hart presents acomprehensive, practical, step-by-step approach to the writing process. He shares his techniques for composing and sustaining powerful writing and demonstrates how to overcome the most common obstacles such asprocrastination, writer's block, and excessive polishing. With instructive examples and excerpts from outstanding writing to provide inspiration, A Writer's Coach is a boon towriters, editors, teachers, and students.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jack Hart is a managing editor and writing coach at The Oregonian. Formerly a professor at the University of Oregon, he has also taught at several other universities, at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and at writers’ conferences throughout the United States. He lives in Portland.
Table of Contents
Method — Process — Structure — Force — Brevity — Clarity — Rhythm — Humanity — Color — Voice — Mechanics — Mastery.
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