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 […]

Best of Fall 2014

Gosh, what a great semester it was! Lots of great writing center appointments. And lots of great blog posts. Here’s a look back at some favorites. – We shared a spooky new word for Halloween with a link to even more! – We talked about our new writing minor and why you should consider adding it […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                  ruminate, v. “To revolve, turn over repeatedly in the mind; to meditate deeply upon.” Once he was done ruminating on his course material, sure he had learned all he could from the semester, he went and rocked his final!” “ruminate, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2014. […]

Tuesday’s Tip

Tips for Those Final Papers

Dr. Ryan Shirey has some great advice for those tackling final papers this week! 1) Write with and in response to any texts that you’re supposed to be using. Don’t wait to “add quotations later.” Your professors want to see you engaging meaningfully with the readings or data you’re using, so if you’re writing a […]

Tuesday’s Tip: Getting Started

Getting started on your paper is often the hardest part of the process. We recently ran across a cool video that might offer a bit of encouragement. And if that doesn’t do it, a quote from Anne Lamott just might motivate you to write that first word.  

#myzsr Guide to Finals Week: Finding Your Happy Place

ZSR and the The Writing Center are teaming up to bring you the #myzsr Guide to Finals Week– a weekly series of valuable advice, tried-and-true strategies, and insider information to help you survive THRIVE during exam week! Week Two: Finding Your Happy Place. You don’t have to be a New York City real estate mogul […]

Tuesday’s Tip

So Cool – Journaling Reduces Stress

Writing takes on many forms and shapes – the academic writing you do for class, the personal essays you write to get into graduate school, the poems you pen for a loved one, or the prose you draft for your forthcoming memoir. And like so many, you might keep a journal (with or without heart-shaped […]

Friday Flashback

Can you believe it’s already the weekend? And that we have just a few more days until Thanksgiving? If you’re in ZSR this week, make sure to stop by the Writing Center and add a leaf to our thankful tree! Before you head into the weekend, let’s check out this past week on Active Voice. – […]

Speaking of Stance

Thanks so much, Phoebe Zerwick, for sharing your thoughts with Active Voice! I’ve been talking with my students all semester about stance. It’s a tough concept to explain. How does a writer find the balance between argument and tone that works for the audience? This month, an article about abortion that I’ve been working on […]