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 […]

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.

…And What to do After Your Appointment

Yesterday we shared a few tips for making the most of your Writing Center appointment. Now here are a few tips for what do to do once those 50 minutes are over. Schedule follow-up appointment. If you think you still need more help on your paper, make sure to set up another appointment for later in […]

Making the Most of Your Appointment

Hope you had a great spring break! But now it’s back to the grind. We typically see an increase in appointments after spring break as students buckle down and prepare for those final papers and projects of the semester. Interested in coming to the Writing Center? Here’s a few things you can do to make […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                  discalced, adj. “Barefoot; without shoes.” “She longed for spring when she could be discalced and lay in the quad on a sunny day.” “discalced, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2014. Web. 4 March 2015.

Tuesday’s Tip: Where To Start Writing

Last semester, we featured Professor Zak Lancaster. We found a great piece of advice that never got shared from his interview, so we thought we’d publish that for you today! Do you have any advice for a student who finds it hard to start writing? Yes, I have an abstract piece of advice and several concrete, […]