Welcome to the Active Voice Blog!

Welcome to the Active Voice Blog, the official blog of the Wake Forest University Writing Center. You can find all the information you need about the Center around our main site, but this space is reserved for students, faculty, and staff to share perspectives on writing practices and processes. We hope you’ll find something here […]

A Funny Way to Start Your Monday

Here’s a little funny article to start your Monday: 15 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean. I literally died laughing over these — see what I did there?

What to do When You Can’t Get an Appointment

So you have a paper that you really want to review with someone, but all of the Writing Center appointments are filled up. Now what? – Get on the waitlist. WCOnline has a great waitlist feature that will actually text you when an appointment opens up. Click on the little clock button for that day and you’ll […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                    vicissitude, n. “The fact of change or mutation taking place in a particular thing or within a certain sphere; the uncertain changing or mutability of something.” “He had the ability to change with the times and to share the vicissitudes of opinion.” “vicissitude, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2014. […]

Flexing your Mental Muscles

I recently saw this floating around on my Facebook newsfeed. As we’re almost a month into the new year, it’s important to think about how we approach our work and ways that we can work hard and be productive. And see the results we want! What are other ways you can stay mentally strong? Eating […]

The Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences

If you’ve been around the Writing Center lately, you’ve seen that we’ve spruced the place up a bit. A few plants here, a new lamp there. And a lot of great artwork! One of the coolest pieces, and a favorite of Writing Center Director Ryan Shirey, is a print from Pop Chart Lab — A […]

Friday Flashback

We made it to the end of another week! Here’s a look back at the week on the blog: – on Monday, we introduced you to Phoebe Zerwick’s series Fleeing Syria. – Tuesday we shared a great tip from the Nieman Storyboard about developing your skill as a storyteller – We forgot to share a word […]

Researching for the Narrative Thread

Professor Phoebe Zerwick, a faculty member in the Writing Program, recently traveled to the Middle East. What came from her travels, Fleeing Syria, is a a powerful account of the stories she gathered and the people she met. I spent the month of June traveling in Jordan and Istanbul with a group of other college […]