Stephen Wilbers is a writing consultant, columnist, award-winning
author, Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, and Fulbright Fellow. He has offered training seminars in effective writing to more than 10,000
business, technical, legal, and academic writers and to a wide variety of
clients, including Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, 3M, U.S. Bank, Xcel, the Metropolitan
Airports Commission, AgCountry Farm
Credit Services, Cargill, Ryan Companies,
Thomson Reuters, the Metropolitan Council, the Wilder Foundation, Fredrikson
& Byron, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Oregon State Bar
a Senior Fellow in the University of Minnesota's Technological
Leadership Institute, he teaches both written and oral presentation
skills. He has also taught in the Carlson School of Management’s M.B.A.
Program, the Program in American Studies, and the Program in Creative and
Professional Writing. In 1995 he won an Outstanding Faculty Award in Hamline
University’s Graduate Public Administration Program.
He has written more than 950 columns on effective business writing. His
column appears every other Monday in the business section of
Minneapolis Star Tribune.
His doctoral dissertation, a history of the renowned Iowa Writers'
Workshop, was published by the University of Iowa Press. In addition, he
has published two collections of his columns,
Writing for Business
(winner of a 1994 Minnesota Book Award) and
Writing by Wilbers.
His book on stylistic technique,
Keys to Great Writing,
has been described as "a writing class in a book" that "breaks down
general advice on what to do into practical steps on how to do it."
His most recent book,
Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and
Style, is a compilation of his free
monthly writing tips.
This Northern Nonsense: Ernest Oberholtzer and Mallard Island,
his chapbook of poems about the legacy of the preservationist who helped
save the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from development, was
published by Red Dragonfly Press.
A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time
depicts efforts to preserve a remarkable wilderness on Minnesota's
northern border while telling the story of canoeing for nearly 30 years
with his father.
Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness: A Sawbill Log
continues the story of the challenges, dangers, and rewards of wilderness
With Sawbill Canoe Outfitter Bill Hansen, he is currently writing a
guidebook on how to enjoy wilderness canoeing, to be published by The
History Press in the spring of 2016. In addition, he is working on
A Grammatical Affair,
a wildly romantic love story that offers writing instruction in the form
of a novel.
Dr. Wilbers earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and his M.A. and
Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. He was a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the
University of Essex in Colchester, England. Before starting his business
as a writing consultant, he established the University of Iowa’s first
campus-wide advising program. At the University of Minnesota he directed
student academic support services in the College of Liberal Arts and later
served as Associate Director and Acting Director of the Program in
Creative and Professional writing, where he worked with the creative
writing faculty to establish a multi-section “meet the authors” creative
writing course that is still offered more than 20 years later.
A reader, canoeist, cyclist, Nordic ski racer, opera-lover, and two-time
skydiver, he and his wife Debbie have two children and two grandchildren, and
they live in
Minneapolis, where he is a proud member of
The Loft Literary Center,
serving as a
member of the Loft's board of directors from 2003 to 2009 and as board
chair from 2007 to 2009.
For additional information, see
Books by Stephen Wilbers
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