• 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.

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Fall Quarter 2014 Workshops

For older workshops, see the archive below.

MLA Documentation

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Room D-240H

What does MLA mean? Is documentation different from a citation?
How do we avoid plagiarism?
This workshop will explain these terms and demonstrate how to document sources in the MLA style.




Personal Statements

Wednesday, November 12
Room C-130
Time: 12:30-1:20pm



Tuesday, October 21
Room D-240H
Time: 10:30AM to 11:20AM and 1:30-2:20PM
In the morning, Isaiah will conduct a workshop on
when to use this oft-abused mark of punctuation.

In the afternoon, Kayleen will discuss 5 rules to rely on
when using the comma.

Workshop Archive


Identifying Your Audience (PowerPoint)

You will learn:

  • Five questions that help you consider your audience, and
  • How to use your syllabus to figure out what your instructor wants.


Organizing Your Essay: Thesis Statements, Topic Sentences, and Transitions (PowerPoint)

You will learn:

  • The necessary parts of a thesis statement,
  • How to write topic sentences, and
  • Three methods of transitioning between paragraphs.

Types of Essays

Argumentative Essays (PowerPoint)

  • 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.


Descriptive Essays (PowerPoint)

  • 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.


Descriptive Writing (PowerPoint)

  • Techniques for improving your descriptions


How to Make Your Writing More Descriptive (Prezi)

A Prezi on few of the ways to put more effective descriptions into your sentences!


Punctuation: A Cast of Characters (PowerPoint)

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!


How to Correct Run-on Sentences (PowerPoint)

  • 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!