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: 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

Wilbers: To use, or not to use: Apostrophes in names of organizations

Ah, summer. Don’t you love it?The other day, while sitting with a big frosty glass of lemonade in the shade...

Updated: August 03, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: How to help younger writers write as well as you do

“Aren’t they awful? Aren’t they terrible? Young people just aren’t being taught to write.”Almost without exception, that’s the first thing...

Updated: July 20, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Even Eliza Doolittle gets tripped up by the rules of English grammar

If you say “He don’t know nothin’ ” in an interview for a white-collar job, you won’t get the job. And...

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 02:58 PM

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