Stephen Wilbers

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

Recent content from Stephen Wilbers

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

Wilbers: A few rules to minding your singulars and plurals

Singular is singular, and plural is plural, and never the twain shall meet, as Rudyard Kipling would no doubt agree....

Updated: June 22, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Like all managers, baseball coaches need to know how to communicate

What do good management and good writing have in common?Whether managing a travel baseball team for the Woodbury Athletic Association...

Updated: June 08, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Technology works best when paired with an educated human mind

In response to my column about how handheld devices are affecting the reading and writing habits of young people, Donna...

Updated: May 18, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Reading and writing in the era of handheld devices

Aolukhhg FCC JPEG hbnmhghgfyjpMy first text message from my 13-month-old granddaughter!“What does it mean?” my wife asks.Obviously, it means our...

Updated: May 04, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Compounds come in three varieties: solid, hyphenated and spaced

When you follow[-]up with a follow[-]up letter, which follow up takes the hyphen?To answer that question, let’s talk about compounds....

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

Wilbers: Repeating yourself can be an effective stylistic device

If Patrick Henry had said, “I’d give anything for liberty, even my life,” we wouldn’t be quoting him today.Instead, he...

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 10:27 AM

Wilbers: Until such time as you eliminate wordiness, you'll lose your reader

Why do some writers become wordy when they refer to time? Are they trying to make themselves sound more important?...

Updated: March 23, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Use antimetabole and chiasmus to make your sentences memorable

Let’s talk about schemes. Not schemes of the nefarious sort, but schemes of word order.There are various types, including schemes...

Updated: March 09, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Use strong action verbs to drive home your point

The verb is the engine that drives the sentence.In “The tracks made a line in the snow,” the engine lacks...

Updated: February 23, 2014, - 02:00 PM

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