Stephen Wilbers

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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: Good writers protect team members from harsh critics

I heard an interesting story the other day. It was both strange and oddly familiar.

Updated: December 25, 2011, - 03:44 PM

Writing reflects the writer, or at least the writer's persona

You have two kinds of style: surface and deep.

Updated: December 11, 2011, - 07:04 PM

Wilbers: Verbs can help you unstack awkward noun stacks

I was raking leaves in my back yard on a lovely fall day, lost in the swish and crinkle of childhood memories, when a familiar voice intruded on my thoughts.

Updated: November 27, 2011, - 09:27 PM

Wilbers: Don't allow the computer to dictate the way that you write

"Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words," Nicholas Carr writes in "The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains." "Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."

Updated: November 13, 2011, - 03:57 PM

Don't allow the computer to dictate the way that you write

"Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words," Nicholas Carr writes in "The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains." "Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."

Updated: November 13, 2011, - 12:30 PM

Correcting errors is last thing you should do

Revise comes from the Latin word revisere, meaning to visit or see again.

Updated: October 23, 2011, - 01:46 PM

In ethical persuasion, tell the whole truth

Do you always tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Updated: October 09, 2011, - 02:47 PM

Wilbers: Texting could damage more than language skills

"Is texting hurting our language skills?" asked one participant in a recent writing seminar.

Updated: September 25, 2011, - 11:39 PM

Persuasion distorts truth, but there are ways to keep it ethical

Some things are either right or wrong. There's no middle ground. But when you're trying to influence someone's thinking, it's not a black and white world. There are many shades of gray.

Updated: September 04, 2011, - 03:19 PM

Have you ever begun something without knowing how you were going to finish it? Many writers begin sentences that way.

Have you ever begun something without knowing how you were going to finish it? Many writers begin sentences that way.

Updated: August 28, 2011, - 11:22 AM

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