The Complete Guide to Clear, Powerful Writing

Jack Hart


Jack Hart

280 pages | 6 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226749075 Will Publish March 2021
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226749105 Will Publish March 2021
Legendary writing coach Jack Hart spent twenty-six years at the Oregonian and has taught students and professionals of all stripes, including bloggers, podcasters, and more than one Pulitzer Prize winner. Good writing, he says, has the same basic attributes regardless of genre or medium. Wordcraft shares Hart’s techniques for achieving those attributes in one of the most broadly useful writing books ever written.

Originally published in 2006 as A Writer’s Coach, the book has been updated to address the needs of writers well beyond print journalists. Hart breaks the writing process into a series of manageable steps, from idea to polishing. Filled with real-world examples, both good and bad, Wordcraft shows how to bring such characteristics as force, brevity, clarity, rhythm, and color to any kind of writing.

Wordcraft now functions as a set with the second edition of Hart’s book Storycraft, on the art of storytelling, also available from Chicago.


1 Method

2 Process

3 Structure

4 Force

5 Brevity

6 Clarity

7 Rhythm

8 Humanity

9 Color

10 Voice

11 Mechanics

12 Mastery

Selected Resources for Writers

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Susan Orlean, Author of The Orchid Thief
"Wise, practical,and smart. Wordcraft is an exceptional book, offering advice with good humor and great insight. Jack Hart's approach to the 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."
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