- All Writing Lab workshops are free and open to Bellevue College students, faculty, and staff.
- Workshops are 50 minutes long.
- No registration is necessary, just show up.
Winter Quarter 2016
Writing Lab Workshops
For older workshops, see the archive below.
Tuesday, January 12
Invest in your success! An effective personal statement plays a significant role in who will be admitted to university.
The Writing Lab will host workshops on writing an engaging and compelling narrative which focuses on strengths,
accomplishments, and relevant experiences that university admissions committees seek. Personal statements worksheet
Thursday, January 14
Are you an academic? Succeeding in an English composition setting requires living in an academic lifestyle, which implies knowing how to engage and make the most of your higher education experience. Ron Holland will lead this workshop to assist in
- Understanding the differences between high school and college level composition courses.
- Developing student/instructor and student/student relationships.
- Increasing participation in class.
- Exhibiting leadership and initiative, demonstrating confidence, conflict resolution and negotiation, flexibility, equality, respect, and punctuality.
Tuesday, January 26
Some textbooks and writing guides make punctuation, especially commas, seem so difficult!
The goal of this workshop is to help you see comma use as more predictable with five general rules.
Tuesday, February 2
In many workplaces work is produced by a team or goes through multiple hands for feedback and revision. Opportunities to practice writing, editing, and presenting with others is a prudent step in preparing for the world after graduation. Ron Holland will discuss how to get the most from group work. The workshop will address
- Learning from each other.
- Learning from points of view besides your own.
- Effective discussion and debate.
- Considering audience, an important aspect of learning to write effectively.
- Negotiating the issues inherent in any collaborative venture.
Wednesday, February 10
What learning style(s) do you employ while writing? Even if you already know your preferred learning style, it doesn’t mean that it is most effective for writing. Ron Holland will conduct this workshop that allows students to test out various learning styles in a composition setting and see which one(s) works with the most success.
Documentation in MLA Style
Tuesday, February 16
What is documentation?
Why is it so important in academic writing in the US?
How should it be done in the MLA Style?
In this workshop, we will discuss these questions and
practice using some of the tools of American academic writing.
- Five questions that help you consider your audience, and
- How to use your syllabus to figure out what your instructor wants.
- The necessary parts of a thesis statement,
- How to write topic sentences, and
- Three methods of transitioning between paragraphs.
- The elements of effective thesis statements and ways to write them
Types of Writing
- How to write an argument that is a conversation with your audience,
- Templates that have been used in successful academic writing, and
- The necessary parts of an argumentative essay.
- Questions to ask yourself before writing a descriptive essay,
- Words to use in a descriptive essay, and
- Words and phrases to avoid in a descriptive essay.
- Identify ineffective description
- Resources for alternative vocabulary
- Tools for revising description
- Techniques for improving your descriptions
Résumés (a Prezi) by Sheila de Leon
- Five key steps to writing a great resume along with
a top ten list of tips that will help your resume stand out from the rest.
Marshall Period, the sentence sheriff, arrests sentences
when they’re finished with their subjects.
Dr. Question Mark inquires about everything.
And the broad-shouldered security guard-for-hire, Square Brackets,
makes sure delicate changes can get through a rough-and-tumble quotation.
In this workshop, you’ll meet, or become reacquainted with,
these and many other characters from the town of Punctuation!
- Identify run-on sentences, and
- Four main ways to correct run-on sentences.
Articles: A, An, and The (PDF)
In this workshop you will
- Brainstorm how many article rules you already know,
- Identify and practice using articles, and
- Discover the rules are simpler than you may think!