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 […]

Missing Out

Yesterday we shared a post from our archives about whether or not it’s best to take notes by hand or by computer. As a follow-up, we wanted to share an article from the Harvard Business Review about what exactly you miss when you take notes by computer – it turns out, you might miss out on a lot. “But is […]

From the Archives: Laptop or Longhand?

            We’ve recently come across a few articles that speak to the technology-age old question: pen and paper or computer? Should I fill notebooks and binders with my handwritten notes? Or maybe I should click away on the keys during a lecture? A recent study found that students remembered lectures […]

Flashback Friday

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Hope you all had a great week! We sure did in the Writing Center. Here’s a peek at our week. Monday was about punctuation and its very interesting history. Tuesday we pulled from the archives and shared some great Zotero advice. We celebrated Wednesday with a new word. And […]

Up for a Challenge

Do you love to write? Are you looking for new and creative outlets? Do you think a good challenge? Enter My 500 Words!       According to their website, the rules are simple: Write 500 words per day, every day for 31 days. You can write more if you want, but 500 words is the […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

riant, adj. “Of a person or a person’s disposition, actions, etc.: smiling, mirthful, cheerful, light-hearted. “Of a thing, esp. a landscape, place, etc.: having a pleasant aspect, agreeable to the sight, looking bright or cheerful.” “The riant little girl was always giggling. Her attitude was contagious.” “riant, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September […]

Tuesday’s Tip (from the archives): Zotero

Today’s tip (from our archives) comes from the eLearning librarian at ZSR Library, Kyle Denlinger. When I think back on all the research papers I wrote when I was in college, I’m struck by the countless hours I must have spent organizing, formatting, and proofreading my citations and bibliographies. Those were the dark ages. You […]

“Mysterious Origins of Punctuation”

We all know that punctuation saves lives, but have you ever wondered where the comma came from? What about the history of the semi-colon? The BBC recently shared an interesting article about the Mysterious Origins of Punctuation and it’s definitely worth a read. “The comma, colon, semicolon and their siblings are integral parts of writing, pointing […]

Friday Flashback

  What a great week in the Writing Center. Here’s a look at what we shared on Active Voice.  On Tuesday, we shared some tips from authors that love to write, but sometimes also hate it. Wednesday was a shiny new word of the week. And Thursday, we dug into our archives for a post written […]

From the Archives: Speaking of Stance

We’re digging in the archives today and wanted to again share a wonderful piece written by Writing Program faculty member Phoebe Zerwick. 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 […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

enantiodromic, n. “The process by which something becomes its opposite, and the subsequent interaction of the two: applied esp. to the adoption by an individual or by a community, etc., of a set of beliefs, etc., opposite to those held at an earlier stage.” “The Writing Center hopes that students will become enantiodromic in how they approach […]