Donald Fry

Affiliate, Reporting, Writing and Editing

Don Fry, an independent writing coach, helps writers write better, editors edit better, and managers organize better. Don has had two careers, first as an English professor at the University of Virginia and at Stony Brook University, and then in journalism. He headed the writing and ethics faculties at the Poynter Institute, and edited the Institute’s series Best Newspaper Writing. Roy Peter Clark and Don, friends for 40 years, collaborated on Coaching Writers. In 1994, Don became an independent writing coach, working with newspapers and technical magazines, radio and television stations, and non-profit organizations. He has spread the techniques of coaching throughout the world, especially in Singapore, Scandinavia, and South Africa. He helped to create the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg. Don has just finished a new book about how to write in your own way, in your own voice, essentially about magnifying your strengths to write powerfully and clearly. He posts a daily writing tip on Twitter, which will become a short electronic book. For fun, Don creates mechanical sculptures in wood and metal that make viewers rethink classic stories. Don writes fiction for his own amusement, mostly about World War II. His second novel concerns a newspaper that attempts to solve its management problems by hiring a hit man.

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