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 […]

Welcome Back!

Welcome back Deacons! We are now open (with limited hours) and we can’t wait to see you! We will open with our full staff on Sunday Sept. 11. Feel free to visit our schedule to make an appointment.

Words Awake 2!

Get ready! Words Awake is back! Wake Forest reprises WordsAwake!, the alumni/ae-faculty-staff celebration of Wake Forest writing past, present, and future,April 8-9 on the Reynolda Campus.  There will be presentations on the history of writers in NC (including at Wake Forest); panels on literacy issues both local and national; the challenges in writing about “ISMs” […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                  aa, n. “A kind of volcanic lava with a rough, jagged surface covered with loose clinkers.” “As we toured the Hawaiian volcanoes on our spring break trip, we  saw plenty of aa lava from previous volcanic eruptions.” “aa, n.2.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 16 March 2016.

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

avuncular, adj. “Of, belonging to, or resembling, an uncle.” “I spent all weekend watching Fuller House, and it was great to see Danny, Uncle Jesse, and avuncular Joey back together.” “avuncular, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2015. Web. 2 March 2016.

Tuesday’s Tip: In Case You Were Wondering…

Here are the five most frustrating writing mistakes (according to Grammarly) and, more importantly how you can avoid them! Read the full article to learn more.

Literary Landmarks

If you could be transported to the location of your favorite novel, where would you go? What would you love to see in person, not just in your mind’s eye? In Writing America: Literary Landmarks From Walden Pond to Wounded Knee, author Shelley Fisher Fishkin looks at just that — literary landmarks and how the places authors wrote […]

Flashback Friday

Happy Friday! And happy national tell a fairy tale day! Here’s a look back at our week: – Monday we shared an infographic of the top 10 most read books in the world. How many have you read? – Tuesday we pulled a great tip from the archives, written by Prof. Elisabeth Whitehead. – Wednesday […]

Finding Focus

With spring break right around the corner, focus can be hard to find this time of the semester. If you find you’re spending 5 minutes on Facebook for every two minutes spent studying, these tips are for you!

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

coterie, n. 1. “An organized association of persons for political, social, or other purposes; a club” 2. “A circle of persons associated together and distinguished from ‘outsiders’, a ‘set’” “A coterie of the candidate’s supporters worked hard to make sure the rally was a success.” “coterie, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2015. Web. 24 February 2016.  

Tuesday’s Tip (from the archives): Breaking Through the White Page

Today’s tip is from the archives and comes from professor and poet, Elisabeth Whitehead. My writing process consists mostly of trying to get out of my own way, at least in its initial stages.  I ascribe to the Jack Kerouac school of writing which says forget yourself for a while and see what clarity lifts […]