• 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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Writing Lab Workshops

For older workshops, see the archive below.


Planning for Success: English Composition and Academic Culture

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

  1. Understanding the differences between high school and college level composition courses.
  2. Developing student/instructor and student/student relationships.
  3. Increasing participation in class.
  4. Exhibiting leadership and initiative, demonstrating confidence, conflict resolution and negotiation, flexibility, equality, respect, and punctuality.

WSA Preparation

  • Practice developing a position statement in a live, interactive debate!
  • Discuss strategies for the two types of prompts
  • Brainstorm responses to practice prompts

Avoiding Biased Language in Writing


Personal Statements

Invest in your success! An effective personal statement plays a significant role in who will be admitted to university.
This workshop explored the main elements involved in writing an engaging and compelling narrative focusing on strengths, accomplishments, and relevant experiences that university admissions committees seek.
Personal statements worksheet

Working Collaboratively on Writing Projects

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 discussed how to get the most from group work.  The workshop addressed

  1. Learning from each other.
  2. Learning from points of view besides your own.
  3. Effective discussion and debate.
  4. Considering audience, an important aspect of learning to write effectively.
  5. Negotiating the issues inherent in any collaborative venture.


Using Your Learning Style for Success in the Writing Process, Part 1

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 conducted this workshop allowing students to test out various learning styles in a composition setting and see which one(s) work(s) with the most success.

Documentation in APA Style

From the first page of your essay to the very last, APA Style has rules to guide your writing.
We discussed document layout, use of sources, and effective documentation.

Using Your Learning Style for Success in the Writing Process, Part 2

Ron continued to explore this topic, building on what was covered in part one.


Workshop Archive


Identifying Your Audience (PowerPoint)

  • 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)

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


Thesis Statements (PowerPoint)

  • The elements of effective thesis statements and ways to write them


Types of Writing

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)

  • Identify ineffective description
  • Resources for alternative vocabulary
  • Tools for revising description


How to Make Your Sentences More Descriptive (Prezi)

  • 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.



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!

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Last Updated June 27, 2016