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 […]


We had a great time celebrating National Day on Writing yesterday!                   We officially wrote the longest WFU ghost story and you helped contribute quite a few silly sentences. More about that soon on where you can read it yourself. And while ghost stories are fun, an […]

National Day on Writing Celebration

  Happy National Day on Writing Wake Forest! Our  celebration is happening right now in Benson! Come share your thoughts on community and add a sentence to the longest ghost story in WFU history!  We’re  here until 7pm so stop on by! Can’t come by? Feel free to share your thoughts virtually by using #WFU […]

“What makes a word ‘real?'”

Professor Laura Aull recently shared this with us and we think it’s too good not share with you. So, what does make a word real?

National Day on Writing — Monday, October 20

On Monday October 20, the Writing Center will be celebrating National Day on Writing in Benson (outside the food court) from 11am-7pm. Come and celebrate with us! — Share your thoughts on the community of Wake Forest and participate in an event focused on the National Day on Writing 2014 theme. You can do this in […]

Upcoming Contemplative Pedagogy Events

Yesterday we introduced the idea of contemplative pedagogy and offered a working definition of this teaching practice. We said that, although you may be new to it, contemplative pedagogy is rooted in some very old techniques. You may be thinking, “who on earth would want to study this?” Well, a lot of people, actually. And […]

Contemplative Pedagogy?

            Folks at WFU, including faculty in the Writing Program, are gearing up to celebrate contemplative pedagogy with a few upcoming events focused on that topic. But what exactly is contemplative pedagogy? According to professor Eric Stottlemyer: Contemplative pedagogy incorporates the practices of meditation and introspection in the classroom in order to […]

On the Writing Process

Post from Professor Laura Giovanelli As a teacher of writing who also tries to write, I think a lot about how we get it done. Writers’ processes, that is. My process. My students’ processes. Other writers’ processes. How do we go from a fuzzy notion–what Roland Barthes called a “seed,” the beginning of writing–to a […]