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 student, a better worker, a better friend, a better citizen, a better parent, a better teacher, a better person." Explore these tools of writing, gain confidence in your personal ability to see the world in a different way, 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).