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: Unstack your noun stacks to animate your writing

I was enjoying a caffe latte at Turtle Bread Company in south Minneapolis when I heard a familiar voice.“Hi, Doc,”...

Updated: July 14, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Who(m)ever made the rules for capitalizing place names?

Fred writes:“I don’t know if you answer questions via e-mail, but I’ll give it a try! The sentence is: “The...

Updated: June 30, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Is artful writing still possible in our frenzied, technological world?

“I have some books to lend you,” my neighbor Tom said.He was out for his daily walk with his tall,...

Updated: June 16, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Are you :-) or :-( about technology's hold on your life?

In 1976, I used a converted IBM Selectric typewriter to produce a stack of punch cards as I “word-processed” my...

Updated: May 31, 2013, - 10:34 PM

Wilbers: How to communicate effectively in a strange, new world

When I interviewed Constance Hale in 1998, I lauded her book, “Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital...

Updated: May 17, 2013, - 05:34 PM

Use paragraphs for the four C's: clarity, coherence, control and credibility

I do love my iPhone. I do love my computer. I do love the Internet.I love their power and speed...

Updated: May 03, 2013, - 10:34 PM

Wilbers: Structuring your paragraphs so that the reader gets the point

Good things come in threes.Messages should have a beginning, a middle and an end. In speeches you should tell them...

Updated: April 26, 2013, - 04:54 PM

Wilbers: Human outsmarts dog by manipulating rhetorical appeal

I was running with my daughter’s goldendoodle, Addie, when her tongue lolled to one side and she started to lag....

Updated: April 05, 2013, - 05:12 PM

Wilbers: Remembering how to write in a technology-driven world

In a world where every nanosecond counts, you need to multitask, absorb information in a heartbeat and make rapid-fire decisions....

Updated: March 22, 2013, - 07:17 PM

Wilbers: Punctilious readers pounce on punctuation peccadillos

In response to my advice on the correct use of semicolons and colons, John writes, “That was a superb semicolonoscopy;...

Updated: March 08, 2013, - 05:56 PM

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