Business Communication Center introduces in-class workshops for Business Writing course

By Brigitte Siel, senior supply chain management major

Senior Brigitte Siel works with a Business Jayhawk during an in-class workshop.

This fall, the Business Communication Center (BCC) at the School of Business started in-class workshops to support the course BUS 305: Business Writing. BUS 305 is required for all business students and focuses on written communication in business. The ability to draft, edit and revise professional documents is a key learning outcome of the course. The new workshops bring writing coaches to class four times during the semester to help students prepare each assignment.

Helping students develop writing skills

Through the writing workshops, students get the one-on-one coaching they need without having to schedule an appointment outside of class time.

“I appreciate the writing coaches coming to my BUS 305 class because it saves me time and stress of trying to schedule an appointment,” said Becky Peterson, a junior studying marketing and business analytics. “During class, we are going over our papers, so it is efficient to use that class time to get immediate feedback on our work from a coach.”

Writing coaches can edit papers for mistakes and provide suggestions for improving the assignment before their papers are due. Of course, students can still make appointments at the BCC outside of class for additional assistance.

With the new in-class workshops, instructors and writing coaches are editing papers in the same room and collaborate, providing students the best possible advice.

“I believe this peer feedback provides a level of comfort for students and hearing feedback from someone other than the instructor resonates more with the students,” said John Watson, a graduate teaching assistant for BUS 305.

Learning how to edit

A critical step in learning how to become a better writer is learning how to edit your own writing. In BUS 305, writing coaches and students meet individually to discuss the specific ways each student can improve. Writing coaches review the student’s draft during class and have a one-on-one consultation with each student to explain errors and how to improve.

“When I was writing my business memo, I like that the writing coaches came to our class and gave us one-on-one feedback on the specific assignment as well as general feedback of common mistakes,” said Christa Mannoni, a senior majoring in marketing with a minor in journalism. “They were knowledgeable about the assignment to where I could ask specific questions, and it felt more conversational than a lecture.”

Preparing students for future careers

The BCC works to prepare KU business students for their future careers. Employers want students to graduate with excellent written communication skills. The writing coaches at the BCC provide one-on-one coaching to students, and the new in-class workshops will better prepare KU business graduates for employment.

Learn more about KU’s Business Communication Center and make an appointment today.