Stephen Wilbers, PhD

Portrait of Stephen Wilbers

Stephen Wilbers, PhD

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Ph.D. in English
University of Iowa

M.A. in English
University of Iowa

B.A. in English
Minor in French
Vanderbilt University 


Stephen Wilbers is a writing consultant, former columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and award-winning author. He has offered training seminars in effective writing to more than 10,000 creative, business, technical, legal, and academic writers.

In addition to teaching in TLI’s Management of Technology program, he has 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.

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. 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. 

Alternate Job Roles

  • Writing consultant
  • Columnist
  • Award-winning author


  • Written and oral communication consulting
  • Persuasive strategies
  • Leadership development
  • Editing
  • Proofreading

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 Association. 

​​​​​​​M.S. in Management of Technology


Currently Teaching Courses
Communication in a Technical Environment (MOT 8133)

Honors and Awards

1995 Outstanding Faculty Award, Graduate Public Administration Program, Hamline University; May 1995.

1994 Minnesota Book Award, for Writing for Business (collected columns), sponsored by the Minnesota Center for the Book; April 1994.

Fulbright Fellowship, for U.S. Administrators in the United Kingdom, University of Essex, Colchester, England; January-June, 1985.  

Selected Publications

“Effective Writing,” self-syndicated column on techniques and principles of effective business writing, in newspapers and business journals across the country, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where it continues to appear bi-weekly

Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and Style, writing instruction (techniques of style), Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books (2014)

A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time, a history of the border lakes region interwoven with the story of father and son canoeing together for nearly 30 years

Charleston: The History Press (2011) This Northern Nonsense: Ernest Oberholtzer and Mallard Island, poems

Red Wing: Red Dragonfly Press (2009)

Keys to Great Writing: Mastering the Elements of Composition and Revision, writing instruction (techniques of style), Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books (2000)