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 Word of the Week

                deluge, n. “A great flood or overflowing of water, a destructive inundation. (Often used hyperbolically, e.g. of a heavy fall of rain.)” “He was facing a deluge of assignments and was starting to feel overwhelmed. There’s less than a month left of the semester!” “deluge, n.” OED Online. […]

Tips for Writing “Good”

A little humor to start your Tuesday!

Better Business Writing

Good writing is not reserved for the English classroom these days. According to a recent article in Time, the business world is starting to pay more attention to the writing skills of their current (and potential) employees. “Consider a recent Grammarly study of 100 LinkedIn profiles. In the same 10-year period, professionals who received one to […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                  perendinate, v. “To defer until the day after tomorrow; to postpone for a day.” “She decided that playing frisbee on the quad was more fun than finishing her paper, so she decided to perendinate her assignment until tomorrow.” “perendinate, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. […]

Wake Up to Poetry Part 2

Yesterday we shared a winning poem from our tutor Bailey. Today we are sharing the 2nd place poem from another tutor, Alex M! “Last year, my undergraduate university inaugurated a new president. As part of the week-long celebration of the event, I was asked (along with one of my peers and some of my professors) to […]

Wake Up to Poetry

Over 120 poems were submitted to the third annual Wake Up to Poetry contest. One of those poets, and honorable mention winner, is our own tutor Bailey! Congratulations Bailey! For your reading pleasure, here is Bailey poem, Following Orange, and a note from Bailey on her process of writing it. “It’s experimental in terms of form, and […]

Wednesday’s Word(s) of the Week

This week’s word comes from an amazing visual dictionary from Brain Pickings. Cool obscure words and some fabulous drawings to match. Our favorite?                       Vernalagnia A romantic mood brought on by Spring.

Tuesday’s Tip

Writing in the Sciences

Think writing is only important for folks going into English? Think again. An increasing number of professors in the sciences are realizing the importance of teaching budding biologists, physicists, and chemists how to write. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, “Science requires an increasingly large amount of writing, whether researchers do it through articles […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                  eesome, adj. “Attractive or gratifying to the eye.” “The eesome spring days had everyone studying on the quad.” “eesome, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 18 March 2015.