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: Here's how to help the next generation write as well as we do

I’m worried about my granddaughter. She’s 6 months old and hasn’t spoken, read or written her first word yet. I’m...

Updated: August 25, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: There's two things to watch for in writing: Subjects and verbs

If you want to avoid undermining your credibility, there’s two things to watch for in your writing: subjects and verbs.What...

Updated: August 11, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: One misunderstood word reveals the power of language

“I saw a Latino woman with a black man at the Y today,” I said to my wife, “and I...

Updated: July 28, 2013, - 02:02 PM

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

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