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 […]

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 […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                  propaedeutic, n. and adj. “A subject or course of study which forms an introduction to or preparation for an art or science, or to more advanced study.” WRI 210 and 212 are propaedeutic that really prepare you for the interdisciplinary Writing Minor. In fact, they’re gateway courses for […]

Tuesday’s Tip

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 […]

Friday Flashback

Happy Friday Wake Forest! Here’s a peek at our week. – Monday, in conjunction with ZSR, we shared some great research hacks. – On Tuesday, we shared some cool writing tips for NaNoWriMo. – We added another word to you vocabulary on Wednesday. – Thursday we shared a few yoga exercises you can do at […]

Yoga At Work (and class)

We recently ran across a cool article in Fast Company that shares easy yoga techniques you can do to feel better at work (or class). What do you think? Could you incorporate these mindful exercises into your study routine? You might see the Writing Center staff taking some writing yoga breaks soon! Also,did you know that […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                    gallimaufry, n. “A dish made by hashing up odds and ends of food; a hodge-podge, a ragout.” “Using what she had on hand, she was able to cook up a delicious gallimaufry that would have impressed even the most experienced chef.” “gallimaufry, n.” OED Online. Oxford University […]

Tuesday’s Tip: For NaNoWriMo

It’s still November so we’re still celebrating NaNoWriMo! While not quite right for academic writing, great tips for sure if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo (or doing any kind of personal/creative work).