Chat replay: What can we learn about writing from 'The King's Speech'?

On the night before the Academy Awards were presented, I got a chance to watch "The King's Speech." As is my habit, I did not rush to the theater to see it earlier, even when my friends offered their most fervent recommendations. Too many times I've been disappointed, a victim of group-think or hype.

So I'm delighted to report that "The King's Speech" is now on my list of favorite movies of the last decade. More significant, it may be the best movie I've ever seen about the power (and power failures) of the English language.

The movie offers lessons not just about the spoken word, but the written word as well. To be more specific, I have distilled from a single viewing of the film some important lessons that every writer and reader should keep in mind -- elements of craft, culture and values.

To find out more about what writers can learn from "The King's Speech," watch a replay of this week's career chat.

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    Roy Peter Clark

    Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter to students of all ages since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar.


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