• 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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Spring Quarter 2014 Workshops

For older workshops, see the archive.

Punctuation: A Cast of Characters

Wednesday, April 23
Room D-240H
Time: 2:30PM to 3:20PM
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!


Wednesday, April 30
Room D-240H
Time: 10:30AM to 11:20AM
Isaiah Hemmen will conduct this workshop on
when to use this oft-abused mark of punctuation.

How to Make Your Writing More Descriptive

Wednesday, May 14
Room D-240H
Time: 10:30-11:20am
Isaiah Hemmen will explore a few of the ways to put
more effective descriptions into your sentences!

Documenting Research in MLA Style

Wednesday, May 28
Room D-240H
Time: 2:30PM to 3:20PM
In this workshop we will discuss

  • Why you must attribute information to its sources in academic writing
  • How to effectively integrate source material into your writing
  • Formatting and documentation in MLA style

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


Punctuation: Everything, including Commas (PowerPoint)

  • Learn how to use various punctuation marks.
  • Practice using punctuation in college-level writing.

Punctuation: Just Commas (PowerPoint)

  • Identify parts of a sentence that require commas,
  • Learn four main comma rules, and
  • Correct run-on sentences.

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!