Stephen Wilbers

Columnist | Effective Writing
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Stephen Wilbers teaches seminars in effective business writing. His column appears online every other Monday.

Recent content from Stephen Wilbers

Wilbers: It's the season to appreciate the simple gifts in life

As I look back on 2014, I feel thankful for the many blessings in my life. Some I take for...

Updated: December 28, 2014, - 12:42 PM

Wilbers: Writing in the first person? Yes, I would

If it weren’t for you, dear reader, I would be writing my second-to-last column for this newspaper. But because so...

Updated: December 14, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Parting is such sweet sorrow, even for newspaper columnists

Have you ever asked yourself, why do writers write?If you’re writing for business, it’s to get the job done, to...

Updated: November 28, 2014, - 11:43 PM

Wilbers: Follow the most basic rule for writers: Look; don't guess

I’m often asked where I get my ideas for this column. The answer is from you — that is, from...

Updated: November 16, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Don't forget the third P of American business writing style

How would you describe American business writing style?In other words, how would you describe our style of business communication compared...

Updated: November 02, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Seven criteria to consider before writing

Do you love e-mail? Do you hate it? Do you have mixed feelings about it?I’ve been asking participants in my...

Updated: October 19, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Make it quick for you, clear and to the point for your reader

To get off to a quick start when writing your next message, say, “I am writing to you because,” and...

Updated: October 05, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: To plagiarize is to present another person's work as your own

Some of the queries about advertising on my website are circumspect in describing their “educational product.” Others are unapologetic:“I’m a...

Updated: September 21, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Avoid 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 29 errors featured in 'Word Crimes'

Why would anyone watch a music video that begins, “Everybodyshutup,” and concludes by telling people who make 29 common language...

Updated: September 07, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Three nifty keyboard tricks for mastering your computer

Isn’t it amazing the way your computer saves and wastes your time, liberates and controls you, entertains and annoys you?...

Updated: August 24, 2014, - 02:00 PM

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