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Literary Center Takes Red Pen to Businesses

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – In this information age there are few, if any jobs that don't require employees to know how to write. The Just Buffalo Literary Center has a new writing program called "Work Write" that is designed to help businesses and employees meet that need.

Once upon a time you'd walk into a business and find a friendly secretary seated at a desk, busily typing away. Today, many of those skilled clerical employees have been downsized.

Laurie Dean Torrell is Executive Director for Just Buffalo. She said that has left all those grammatical errors businesses exposed.

And there are many more places to find the mistakes. From text messaging to the web and email, the electronic workplace requires employees to communicate clearly.

Tom Peglowski is a communications manager who communicates, not surprisingly, far better than most. But Peglowski said he wanted to be an even better writer. The problem was finding training tailored for business.

He said the Just Buffalo staff found him a writing coach who was familiar with the language of his manufacturing business.

Grace Lazzara is a professional writer who helped develop the "Work Write" program. Lazzara said knowing the lingo is good. Getting rid of it is better.

She said meaning isn't all that's being lost.

Studies show that businesses lose three billion dollars each year cleaning up all that fuzzy writing.

The Work Write program is now available to any interested business or individuals for group workshops or confidential one-on-one coaching.

Torrell said they hope revenues from the new venture will also help Just Buffalo's bottom line.