Stephen Wilbers is a writing consultant, columnist, and award-winning
author. He has offered training seminars in effective writing to more than
10,000 creative, business, technical, legal, and academic writers.
clients include Mayo
Clinic, Medtronic, 3M, Xcel, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the
Metropolitan Council, U.S. Bank, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Cargill,
Mortenson, Ryan Companies, Thomson Reuters, the Wilder Foundation, the Bush
Foundation, Fredrikson & Byron, Dorsey & Whitney, the Minnesota State Bar
Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Oregon State Bar
He has written nearly 1,000 columns on effective writing. His
column, which appears every other Monday in the business section of the
Minneapolis Star Tribune,
has been syndicated in publications across the country.
As a Senior Fellow in the University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership
Institute, he teaches both written and oral presentation skills in the
Management of Technology program. 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
His books include
Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and
Style, a compilation of 52
writing techniques drawn from his
free monthly writing tips. His earlier book on
Keys to Great Writing: Mastering the Elements of Composition and
Revision, 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." He recently published a revised and expanded edition of Keys with
an introduction by Faith Sullivan and new writing exercises.
His doctoral dissertation, a
history of the Iowa Writers' Workshop,
was published by the University of Iowa Press in 1980. In addition, he has
published two collections of his columns,
Writing for Business
(winner of a 1994 Minnesota Book Award) and
Writing by Wilbers.
He recently completed
A Grammatical Affair,
a wildly romantic love story that offers writing instruction in the form of
a nonfiction novel.
He has written three books about the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
This Northern Nonsense:
Ernest Oberholtzer and Mallard Island,
published by Red Dragonfly Press, is a chapbook of poems about the legacy of
the preservationist who helped save the Boundary Waters from development.
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
Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness: A Sawbill Log
continues the story of the challenges, dangers, and rewards of wilderness
Dr. Wilbers earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and his M.A.
and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. He
spent his junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence and he was a Visiting Fulbright
Fellow at the University of Essex in Colchester, England. Before starting
his business as a writing consultant, he was hired to establish and direct
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
was instrumental in the College’s recognition of
American Sign Language
as “a complete and natural language.” He
later served as
Associate Director and Acting Director of the Program in Creative and
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he is an avid reader,
canoeist, cyclist, Nordic ski racer, opera lover, amateur pianist, harmonica
player, and two-time skydiver. He
and his wife Debbie have two children and two grandchildren. They live in
Minneapolis, where he served on the
Loft Literary Center’s
directors from 2003 to 2009 and as board chair from 2007 to 2009.
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