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by Stephen Wilbers, Ph.D.

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Join the team!
Learn how your organization can benefit
from the Loft Literary Center's new program,

"Writing at Work"

Also, please join me for "Techniques for Writers,"
a half-day seminar on May 16.

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



Two 30-second writing exercises

Weekly error: Correct the error in the sentence below.
“My concern, as well as my extraordinary sensitivity and wit, make me the ideal person for this position.”

Weekly tip: Complete the sentence below for stylistic effect.
“Inside, the shop had that hushed feeling of a cloister which some small, not-much-frequented shops have. It was dark and hivelike. The place was crammed with luggage, cheap steamer trunks . . .”



Quote of the week
“[If our sentences] never went beyond twenty words, we’d be like a pianist who could use only the middle octave: We could pick out a few clear and simple tunes, but not much more.”
– Joseph Williams, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace