A.B. FREEMAN BUSINESS WRITING CENTER
The A.B. 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, cases 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.
What can the Writing Center do for me?
When you come in, you 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.
Who should use the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is a free service available to all A.B. Freeman undergraduate and graduate students. We can help with both written assignments and application materials, such as your resume, cover letter, or personal statement.
How does the Writing Center work?
You can sign up for a 30-minute appointment by coming to the Writing Center. For most classes, sign up on the pink schedules on the board just outside the Writing Center. One exception is LGST 3010. Legal Studies students meet only with specific Writing Instructors and Legal Coaches, so you should sign up only on the yellow and blue appointment sheets specific to your class, professor, and section.
Plan for one Writing Center appointment per assignment; we do not see students multiple times for the same assignment. Bring a hard copy of your paper for yourself and one for the Writing Instructor. Groups should have enough hard copies of the entire paper for each group member, plus one for the Writing Instructor.
Set aside ample time to carefully self-edit your paper following your Writing Center visit. The Writing Center is a business writing teaching resource, not a paper-editing service.
If you wish to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please call the Writing Center or cancel by crossing your name off the appointment sheet. Anyone who fails to cancel an appointment in advance will receive a "no show" designation. If you miss multiple appointments, you may forfeit future appointment privileges.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring one double-spaced copy of the paper for each student plus an additional double-spaced copy for the writing instructor.
Make sure you have a complete paper or draft: no outlines or very rough drafts. By applying the lessons you learned during previous appointments to a paper before you bring it to the Writing Center, you and your writing instructor can focus on increasingly advanced ways to improve your paper.
What should I do when I arrive?
Please, come into the Writing Center at your appointment time: do not wait outside.
Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I
A. B. Freeman School of Business
New Orleans, LA 70118
Contact: Cynthia Fransen
Room: GWHI 220F
Phone: (504) 862-8036
Writing Center: (504) 862-8037