Stephen Wilbers

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

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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

Wilbers: Use dashes for dashing effect – with or without spaces

I have some good news for you.English — the language you love and depend on — has not one, not...

Updated: February 22, 2013, - 05:00 PM

Assess your writing skills in five areas

How good are you, anyway? I'm referring to your writing.

Updated: February 03, 2013, - 03:26 PM

Everyday rules about punctuation are needed every day

"If you're at a Target store, pay attention to the cash registers," Lori writes. "Each one has a message on the screen that says something like 'Save 5% everyday.' It's like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

Updated: January 13, 2013, - 03:38 PM

Use hyphens to punctuate the holidays with laughter

The year is 2017. My 4-year-old granddaughter Stephanie (not her real name) looks wide-eyed at our holiday dinner, her face aglow with candlelight, and exclaims, "Let's eat Grammy!"

Updated: December 30, 2012, - 02:07 PM

Many attorneys are working to clean up the 'verbal trash'

In an earlier column I ventured the comment that "many attorneys are excellent writers" who "care about precise communication."

Updated: December 16, 2012, - 04:07 PM

It's raining cats and dogs, with a 100% chance of cliches

Imagine spending seven hours in a room with 30 or 40 attorneys. Actually, it's more fun than you might think.

Updated: December 02, 2012, - 04:02 PM

Wilbers: Protect your credibility by avoiding three writing errors

"I want you to make me a better writer, Doc," said my luncheon companion. "Hang on. Gotta take this call. Anyways, my boss says my co-worker Britney and myself gotta stop flaunting all those grammar rules."

Updated: November 18, 2012, - 07:02 PM

Wilbers: With fall comes a renewed commitment to learning

According to the calendar, the new year begins on Jan. 1, but for me fall is the start of the new year. The changing angle of the sun, the chill in the morning air, the rustle and smell of dry leaves underfoot -- all signal a new season and the promise of change.

Updated: November 04, 2012, - 10:59 PM

It's OK for editors to be fussy and writers to be touchy

I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop, Nirvana for English Majors. All around me people were clacking away on keyboards, reciting poetry in mellifluous tones and reading books like "Silas Marner" and "Moby Dick." Except for two patrons.

Updated: October 14, 2012, - 04:03 PM

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