New York sports writer Red Smith once observed, "Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." We don't use typewriters anymore, but popular local author Roy Peter Clark writes "?the world is a storehouse of writing ideas. As you gain proficiency with each tool, and then fluency, the art of writing will make you...a better person." Explore these tools and free the writer within. Required text: Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
by Roy Peter Clark ($15.99). Optional: Writing Down the Bones
by Natalie Goldberg ($14.95).