Freeman Business Writing Center
Goldring/Woldenberg
Business Complex
Suite 204
(504) 862-8037

Cynthia Fransen
Sr. Program Coordinator
(504) 862-8036
cfransen@tulane.edu

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Freeman Business Writing Center

The Freeman Business Writing Center (FBWC) helps Freeman students sharpen their writing skills as they prepare written communications for their business courses. In one-on-one or small group appointments, writing instructors work with students across the curriculum to help them strengthen their business writing skills. The Writing Center is not an editing service for students; rather, students learn to self-edit their own memos, case analyses, reports, and other business documents. The focus is on grammar, organization, and clarity as students learn how to identify and correct weak areas in their writing.

Our writing instructors have varied backgrounds, from graduate degrees in English or business to experience as university instructors or professional editors. Our legal coaches are law students or lawyers. At your appointment, you will decide with the writing instructor what aspect of your writing you want to focus on. Topics you might discuss include the following:

  • Audience and purpose
  • Macro and micro organization
  • Logical organization
  • Professional tone
  • Appropriate document design and layout
  • Solid sentence syntax
  • Standard grammar and mechanics for business style

*Please note: The Writing Center is not a proofreading service. We can help you learn to proofread and revise your own essay, but we will not simply edit your paper for you.

 

How to make an online appointment

Freeman Students have two ways of receiving remote writing feedback from the Writing Center Instructors. When you log in to WCONLINE to make an appointment, you will see two types of appointments—Online and e-tutoring—listed under each Writing Instructor’s name. The type of appointment you chose will depend upon how you wish to receive feedback, what kind of class schedule you have, the time zone you are in, or other considerations,

  1. Online. You can make an appointment to have a face-to-face, real-time appointment with a Writing Instructor through Zoom. With this type of appointment, you and the Writing Instructor will go over your paper thorough shared screens, and the Writing Instructor will point out grammatical errors and other writing issues. You can ask the Writing Instructor questions, just as if you were meeting in the Writing Center. In WCONLINE, this type of appointment is called an Online appointment. An Online appointment is a Zoom meeting.
  2. E-Tutoring. You can make an appointment to have a Writing Instructor review your paper remotely. For this type of appointment, you will attach your paper when you make the WCONLINE appointment. The Writing Instructor will receive the paper, review it, make notes and comments directly on the paper, and upload the comments on your assignment to WCONLINE. Later on, you can find the comments in the same place you uploaded your document for the appointment. In WCONLINE, this type of appointment is called an  E-tutoring appointment.

Regardless of the type of appointment you choose, please make sure your paper is double-spaced, and is in .doc or .docx format. WCONLINE will take only those two formats.

Writing instruction is always valuable, whether the delivery is face-to-face, or though written comments on the paper. In our new distance learning environment, the Writing Center instructors stand ready, as always, to give you writing advice and helpful tips.

Good luck with your writing assignments!

Helpful Tips

January 15, 2021 - Write Correctly
As Warren Buffett noted, having a plan in business is essential for success. Developing good business plans is the hallmark of smart entrepreneurs and successful business professionals

November 23, 2020 - Write Correctly
Business reports and other professional communications frequently contain references to dates, for example, the year something happened.

November 16, 2020 - Write Correctly
Punctuation marks are visual cues that give readers important clues about the type of information the words they are reading contain.

November 9, 2020 - Write Correctly
Here are two additional examples of superfluous words that appear frequently in business writing.

November 2, 2020 - Write Correctly
Superfluous refers to something that is unnecessary, surplus, or more than enough.

October 26, 2020 - Write Correctly
When you want to use a quotation that is 40 words or longer, format the quotation as a Block Quote.

October 19, 2020 - Write Correctly
Expletives have no meaning in themselves; therefore, these dummy subjects can cause confusion by delaying the true subject in a sentence.

October 12, 2020 - Write Correctly
A few, easy tips to give you some basic help with capitalization.

October 5, 2020 - Write Correctly
By using consistent words and terms when you refer to people, companies, projects, etc., you will ensure that your audience follows your message easily.

September 21, 2020 - Write Correctly
Business messages and documents contain information that pertains to people, to things or places, or to both.

September 14, 2020 - Write Correctly
Redundancy occurs when you repeat words, phrases, or information unnecessarily in sentences or paragraphs. The resulting wordiness can cloud the meaning of your communication. 

September 7, 2020 - Write Correctly
 The definition of the word, contract, is “to shorten.”  In writing, contractions are words that are shortened forms of two combined words.  

August 31, 2020 - Write Correctly
Here is a quick organizing tip you can use to prioritize your ideas when writing reports or other documents that contain different pieces of information that vary in importance.

August 24, 2020 - Write Correctly
Two important characteristic of effective business writing are cohesion and fluidity.

August 17, 2020 - Write Correctly
Business professionals often use terminology and expressions that are unique to their own particular industries, markets, or focal areas.

August 10, 2020 - Write Correctly
Successful business professionals convey information clearly and completely in the most succinct way. They know how to communicate a message directly, without extraneous words.

August 3, 2020 - Write Correctly
Writers sometimes become confused when the phrases or clauses in a series also contain internal commas.

July 27, 2020 - Write Correctly
In written documents, quotation marks (“   ”) indicate direct quotations of written or spoken words.

July 20, 2020 - Write Correctly
The words Fame and Notoriety are two words whose meanings writers often confuse.

July 13 - Write Correctly
The apostrophe ( ‘ ) is small, but it has a powerful impact on the meaning of words.

July 6, 2020 - Write Correctly
Lose and loose are two words that writers often confuse.

June 22, 2020 - Write Correctly
When writing or speaking about companies, countries, businesses, governments, boards, agencies, and other entities, business professionals often refer to them incorrectly.

June 15, 2020 - Write Correctly
Headings that have Parallel Construction quickly give readers the main points of a document.

June 8, 2020 - Write Correctly
Successful writers use an array of tools and techniques to achieve organization and clarity in their communications.

June 1, 2020 - Write Correctly
Vernacular language is the language used in everyday life by ordinary people.The vernacular is informal communication.

May 26, 2020 - Write Correctly
Lie and lay are two verbs that even attentive writers frequently confuse and misuse.

May 18, 2020 - Write Correctly
When trying to punctuate sentences that include quotations, writers often become confused about what goes where.

May 11, 2020 - Write Correctly
An important aspect of effective written communication that professionals often overlook has to do with font selection.

May 4, 2020 - More Tricky Words
A “tricky” word can closely resemble the actual word you intended to use, but it is incorrect.

April 27, 2020 - Tricky Words
A “tricky” word can closely resemble the actual word you intended to use, but it is incorrect.

April 20, 2020 - Write Correctly
More tips about how to use your computer’s search function to improve your writing.

April 13, 2020 - Write Correctly
Some tips about how to use your computer’s search function to improve your writing.

Why Use the Freeman Business Writing Center

How Business Writing Skills Are Critical to Effective Workplace Communication
Who Cares About Business Writing? Why Does The Freeman School Include It In The Curriculum?

Q: Once I pass MCOM 3010, LGST 3010, and MGMT 3010, why should I care about how I write assignments in my other Freeman business classes?
A: The answer depends upon what your goal is:
1.    If your goal is to simply get through your classes with minimal effort, finish college, and obtain a business degree from the Freeman School as easily as possible, then how you write your business assignments will not be important, as long as you can pass the required classes without developing the necessary skills that will help you in your career.
HOWEVER,
2.    If your goal is to acquire a solid foundation of business knowledge, become competent in your field, and master skills you will use to successfully pursue your career goals, then how you write your class assignments will be just as important to you as what business information you include in them.
Whether you realize it or not, quality counts, no matter what business major you are studying and plan to pursue. The quality of your work in doing financial analyses, accounting audits, marketing plans, management practices, strategic planning, or other business tasks paints a picture of who you are professionally.  
Regardless of your field, you will have to communicate with clients and customers, present your business well to prospective interested parties, describe your services so potential customers can find your business, and convey your product or services attractively to build your customer base and avoid misunderstandings.
Internally, you will have to communicate effectively with subordinates and upper management, promote your skills and talents to your bosses, establish a good reputation, and work cooperatively with your colleagues if you plan to succeed and get ahead.
Writing is the one skill that all of these business areas and activities have in common. If you discount writing and do not use the Business Writing Center because you think writing is unimportant in your business studies, you will waste an opportunity to learn, one that most Business Schools do not offer their students.
The Freeman School established the Business Writing Center to give our students the opportunity to gain an advantage in the marketplace by developing superior communication skills. If you pass up the opportunity to practice your writing because you think that writing is unimportant in “real” business, you are not making the most of your Freeman education. You are shortchanging yourself. Once you have graduated, this rare opportunity will have passed, and you will be in competition with professional who did develop their writing skills.
The Writing Center is available to all Freeman students who want to work become superior business communicators. You can get writing tips and information at https://freeman.tulane.edu/writing-center, and schedule an appointment by visiting https://Tulane.mywconline.com.