Thursday, May 17, 2007

Roy Peter Clark

As a Vice President and writing teacher of the Poynter Institute, Roy Peter Clark had taught students and teachers alike on various writing techniques. He has published many books on writing well in the newsroom. Clark will be the first keynote speaker to start the workshop on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

He was born in 1948 in New York and graduated with an English degree from Providence College in Rhode Island and received a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He worked with the American Society of Newspaper Editors to improve national newspaper writing.

A fact I found interesting is Clark was named one of America's first writing coaches. I also like that he is a semi-frequent guest on NPR.

Clark worked for two years on a story about his "intensely personal family history," in a story called "Three Little Words." It was published in the mid-nineties over a series of 29 days in the St. Petersburg Times, set in the time of AIDS. Last year, he was featured a few times on NPR and once on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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