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 […]

Wednesday’s Words of the Week: Thanksgiving Edition

  The folks at the Oxford English Dictionary recently shared a few words they are thankful for.  What words are you thankful for?

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Writing

Writing teachers talk about revision, discipline, and the recursive nature of the writing process. Here’s a new way to frame what we mean. “It’s not really that mystical. It’s like repeated practice over and over and you suddenly become something you had no idea you could be,” says Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The […]

Slavery, Politics, and English Grammar

In his essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell made plain the ways in which those in power use language and grammar to obfuscate, conceal and abdicate responsibility. Grammar remains as political as ever, as Ellen Bresler Rockmore, a lecturer in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth, makes clear in her op-ed […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

draggle, v. “To drag or trail (through the dirt).” “The dog draggled his toy across the yard all day long. Once he was alseep, his owner put the toy straight into the washer.” “draggle, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September 2015.

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

gowpen, n. “The two hands placed together so as to form a bowl.” “The lost hiker formed a gowpen and drank as much water from the stream as his stomach could hold.” “gowpen, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September 2015.

Wednesday’s Word of the Week: Halloween Edition

sciomancy, n. “Divination through communication with the spirits of the dead.” “She tried sciomancy and a ouija board to predict her grade in the course.” “sciomancy, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 29 October 2014. Want more spooky words? Check out this link.

NC Tutor Collaboration Day

NCTCD 2015 On Friday, October 2, WFU hosted the 2015 North Carolina Tutor Collaboration Day. Sixty-four writing center tutors, directors, and staff made the drive to Winston-Salem from 15 colleges to share their experiences. The day’s theme was “sharing what we do and doing what we share,” and participants were given many opportunities to share their challenges […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

malinger, v. “To pretend or exaggerate illness in order to escape duty or work; to feign or produce physical or psychological symptoms to obtain financial compensation or other reward.” “The malingering of the employee was fairly obvious to his boss as his mysterious illness coincided with the biggest meeting of the year.” “malinger, v.” OED Online. Oxford University […]

Happy National Day on Writing!

National Day on Writing – #WhyIWrite Every year the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors “National Day on Writing” with a theme that encourages us to think about the importance of writing to our lives. This year the theme of the NDoW is “Why I Write,” and English classes, writing centers, and many other […]

Heard It Here

        This semester, Prof. Phoebe Zerwick’s community journalism students are getting out there and sharing the stories of Winston-Salem through a brand new website called Heard it Here. Within the first few weeks of the semester, students have written articles about various Winston celebrations and events, upcoming initiatives in the city, and neighbors […]