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: Superhero drives his CommaMobile to rid the world of errors

Spring, our most challenging season, is upon us, and the glorious swirl of winter is fast fading from memory. Now,...

Updated: May 03, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: AWP conference inspires commitment to excellent writing

Ever since the April 8-11 conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) came to town with 2,000...

Updated: April 19, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Are language skills declining; if so, is the process reversible?

Yes, our language skills are declining, and, no, the process is not “reversible,” as George Orwell posited in his 1946...

Updated: April 05, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: There's me and you to worry about, as well as the English language

Have we crossed a line in our disregard for English grammar?For years I’ve resisted the temptation to add my voice...

Updated: March 22, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Do you ever wonder what technology is doing to your brain?

I was walking for coffee on a minus-11-degree morning when I felt my cellphone vibrate in my pocket. I pulled...

Updated: March 08, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: To get your grammar right, connect your thoughts

“Grammar is a piano I play by ear,” Joan Didion once observed. “All I know about grammar is its power.”...

Updated: February 22, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Use Rogerian affirmation to calm a disgruntled customer

My wife was trying to pay our insurance premium online. I heard her sigh and then groan. Finally she picked...

Updated: February 08, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Six things you need to do to succeed with your writing

“A brilliant message alone is not sufficient,” Dartmouth professor Mary Munter writes in “Guide to Managerial Communication.” “You are successful...

Updated: January 25, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Reading will make you a better writer and a better person

By the time this column appears, Mark Zuckerberg will have finished reading “The End of Power” by Moisés Naím —...

Updated: January 11, 2015, - 02:00 PM

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

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