Contents      What’s new      Email courses      Seminars      Weekly columns      Contact




Writing for Business
& Pleasure

by Stephen Wilbers

Quote of the week
“When I have arranged a bouquet for the purpose of painting it, I always turn it to the side I did not plan.”
– Pierre-Auguste Renoir to Henri Matisse,
as quoted in the current exhibit of Matisse's works at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts


Two 30-second writing exercises (updated weekly)

Weekly error: Correct the error in the sentence below.
“We purchased three items; a pencil, an eraser, and some rubber bands.”

Weekly tip: Revise the sentence below for stylistic effect.
“After all the talk, I was disappointed the changes were cosmetic in nature.”

Seminars & workshops
      Comments from seminar & workshop participants

"Great presenter – funny and effective."
"Very passionate about the topic."
"Good style. Fast-paced. Humorous. Thank you!"
"WONDERFUL – presenter has a very warm, engaging style."


"He’s so smart and engaging. Definitely did his research on us to make it more relevant for us."

"I enjoyed your presentation of March 5, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s CLE on legal writing . . . The March 5 seminar was the second time I have heard you speak, but hopefully not the last. You are certainly one of the most helpful and informative speakers I have had the pleasure to hear at a PBI CLE."


My column sent weekly to your inbox

My column also appears every other Monday in the business pages of
the Minneapolis
Star Tribune.
If you missed it on hard copy, you can read it online here.

Free resources & exercises,
including free monthly writing tips
sent to your inbox

Click Contents for hundreds of writing resources, columns, and topics such as
annoying phrases to punctuation, salutations, wordiness, and writer’s block,
as well as dozens of exercises.

Take the Grammar, Proofreading, Punctuation, and Word Choice Challenges.

Books by Stephen Wilbers

On April 29, my free monthly writing tips will be published as a book titled
Mastering the Craft of Writing:

How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and Style.

Order your copies now.

Online history of the Boundary Waters wilderness       AT&T tower diminishes wilderness

In memory of four beloved Minnesota authors

 Paul Gruchow

Carol Bly

Jon Hassler

Bill Holm

Please donate to The Loft Literary Center. Thank you!

  Minneapolis Bridge Collapse: Reflections           Poem for Dale Schatzlein