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

Four ways to help team members develop their writing skills

When I tell people I meet that I offer training programs in effective writing, a common response is, "Can you believe how poorly people write these days?"

Updated: March 18, 2012, - 03:55 PM

Singular advice on getting your verbs and subjects to agree

Making verbs agree with their subjects can be tricky.

Updated: March 11, 2012, - 03:32 PM

Assumptions and attitude shape writers in so many ways

Thanks for joining me this morning. I really appreciate your time. As you know, we have received a number of complaints about the quality of our writing, and I want your help in diagnosing the problem.

Updated: February 26, 2012, - 03:46 PM

Wilbers: 'Top 10 Tips for Great Writing' could use some tweaking

How trustworthy is the information we find on the Internet?

Updated: February 12, 2012, - 06:24 PM

Wilbers: Readers question 'shrunk' and use of singular 'their,' 'they'

A number of readers objected to my use of the third person plural their and they in reference to the singular person in the following sentence:

Updated: January 29, 2012, - 07:38 PM

Round up the usual grammar suspects

I was waiting to transfer flights at Chicago's Midway Airport when I overheard a man at the bar ask his companion, "On a scale of one to 10, how good are you?"

Updated: January 15, 2012, - 07:05 PM

Share your knowledge and help a younger writer succeed

At this time every year I usually write a New Year's column challenging you to improve your writing. This year I'd like to try something different. Rather than asking you to look inward, how about looking outward? I challenge you to share your knowledge with a younger writer.

Updated: January 01, 2012, - 10:15 AM

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

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