Eileen Wirth

Dr. Eileen Wirth is a professor emeritus of journalism at Creighton University and is an author specializing in Omaha history. She was a reporter at the World-Herald and a PR Writer for Union Pacific before joining Creighton in 1991. Eileen’s books include The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Historic Omaha Houses of Worship and From Society Page to Front Page. She is on the board of History Nebraska and a member of the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Omaha Press Club Hall of Fame. She also has been active in numerous groups particularly the Omaha Public Library.

Developing a Focus

Developing a Focus

You may spend years trying to find your writing focus without realizing you’ve done it until you’re well into it.  And that’s wonderful! Don’t obsess over finding a focus when you’re young, because if you explore many fields, eventually a focus is likely to find you.  Occasionally someone gets lucky early in life. One of […]

Calling All Digital Natives

Calling All Digital Natives

This must be the Age of Aquarius! The White House has asked TikTok artists to craft messages for the propaganda war against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. TikTok? Seriously? This isn’t your grandfather’s CIA! This innovative approach also suggests an important service that you digital natives can offer people in your communities on the wrong side […]

Writing With the Ear

Writing With the Ear Writing for the Ear

Write with your ears instead of your eyes. These eight words are a key to successful writing. Really.  When you read copy aloud, your ear will catch excess words, awkward phrasing, and jargon that your eye misses. After you’ve read your copy aloud until it flows, you’ll be amazed how short and simple your final […]

The Writer’s Voice

The Writer’s Voice

Looking for that next step up in your arts & entertainment career? In this column, Dr. Eileen Wirth shares everything she has learned about being a creative professional. If you’re a fiction writer, your “voice” may be the most important aspect of your work, according to Dr. Brent Spencer, an award-winning novelist who directs the […]

The Art of Rewriting

The Art of Rewriting

“I write s••••• first drafts.” I got this advice from my friend whose novels get reviewed in The New York Times. I urge you to incorporate his insight into following a writing process that both takes the sting out of rewriting and does wonders for combatting writer’s block.  Begin by creating a “holding place” document on your […]