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 […]

Writing Happiness

A recent article, Writing Your Way to Happiness, from the New York Times claims just that: “researchers are studying whether the power of writing – and then rewriting – your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.” According to a study at Duke, college students who shared their personal stories “improved their grade-point […]


Did you watch the State of the Union Address last night? No? Well, you can watch the video here. Or you can read it  (complete it fun graphic) here. But do you want a really cool look into the State of the Union? The Atlantic recently published an interactive chart about The Language of the State […]

Happy Spring Semester

Welcome back Deacs. We sure did miss you! The Writing Center will be open for business starting with limited hours Tuesday January 20. Our full spring semester schedule will start Monday January 26. We are working hard to get our spring semester schedule online and ready for you. Check back soon! Best of luck today!  

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