• 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 2015
Writing Lab Workshops

For older workshops, see the archive below.

Commas: A Prezi

by Isaiah Hemmen

Isaiah will demonstrate effective use of the comma.

Tuesday, April 21
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D204

Commas: Five Rules to Make Their Use Easier

Do I need a comma here?
My teachers keep marking me down for using commas wrong!
Why are there so many commas in this sentence?

—If these seem like samples from your private thoughts,
this workshop is for you!
We’ll practice five reasons to use a comma, and
discuss any questions you might have about
this often-abused punctuation mark.

Tuesday, April 21
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D204


How to Make Your Sentences More Descriptive (Prezi)

by Isaiah Hemmen

Learn ways to put more effective descriptions into your sentences!

Tuesday, April 28
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D204



by Sheila de Leon

Would you like to learn some strategies for minimizing preposition errors?
In this workshop, we will look at the grammar and meaning of English prepositions,
compare them to some other languages, and discuss how to identify typical preposition errors.
Tuesday, May 5
Shared Classroom in the ASC, D204



by Sheila de Leon

In this workshop, we’ll discuss five key steps to writing a great resume along with
a list of our favorite top ten resume tips and tools that will help your resume stand out from the rest.
Tuesday, May 12
Shared Classroom in the ASC, D204


Writing a Strong Thesis Statement

In these workshops, we’ll discuss the elements of effective thesis statements,
ways to write them, and practice drafting one on site!

Tuesday, May 19
Isaiah’s Thesis Prezi
Kayleen’s Thesis PowerPoint
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D204


How to Effectively Blend Quotations into MLA-Style Essays

We’ll discuss what to look for when choosing quotes, how to
integrate quotes into your writing, and whether to quote at all.

Tuesday, June 2
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D204





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: 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!