Forty years ago this week, Roy Peter Clark began working full-time at the Poynter Institute.
He’s also a prolific author, having written 18 books — the 19th comes out in January — including his classic “Writing Tools,” which has been published in eight languages with a quarter of a million copies in print.
In celebration of this 40-year milestone, we want to hear from readers and Poynter alums: What did Roy teach you? Your responses can come from his in-person teaching, from his many books or simply from reading his advice over the years on poynter.org.
We’ll compile the best responses (please keep your comments under 250 words in homage to his book “How to Write Short”). Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday at 4 p.m. for potential inclusion.
For inspiration, here are some of Roy’s recent pieces and greatest hits: