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 […]

The Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences

If you’ve been around the Writing Center lately, you’ve seen that we’ve spruced the place up a bit. A few plants here, a new lamp there. And a lot of great artwork! One of the coolest pieces, and a favorite of Writing Center Director Ryan Shirey, is a print from Pop Chart Lab — A […]

Friday Flashback

We made it to the end of another week! Here’s a look back at the week on the blog: – on Monday, we introduced you to Phoebe Zerwick’s series Fleeing Syria. – Tuesday we shared a great tip from the Nieman Storyboard about developing your skill as a storyteller – We forgot to share a word […]

Researching for the Narrative Thread

Professor Phoebe Zerwick, a faculty member in the Writing Program, recently traveled to the Middle East. What came from her travels, Fleeing Syria, is a a powerful account of the stories she gathered and the people she met. I spent the month of June traveling in Jordan and Istanbul with a group of other college […]

Developing as a Storyteller

Yesterday on the blog, we shared Phoebe Zerwick’s special report, Fleeing Syria. Her stories went beyond just the facts and figures, but rather, she was able to capture the stories of the land, the history, and the people that she met along the way. Nieman Storyboard recently posted an article about how to find your inner storyteller. Author […]

Fleeing Syria: Special Report by Phoebe Zerwick

Phoebe Zerwick, Associate Teaching Professor in the Writing Program and former Journal reporter, traveled to the Middle East in June. She shares stories of Syria in a Winston Salem Journal special report, Feeling Syria. “This month’s headlines out of the Middle East have focused on the U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                    apolaustic, adj. “Concerned with or wholly devoted to seeking enjoyment; self-indulgent.” “She was apolaustic toward Wake football and looked forward to every game.” “apolaustic, adj. and n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2014. Web. 2 September 2014.

Tuesday’s Tip

A little tidbit of a tip for today – check out more Magic Marker advice here.