• 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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Winter Quarter 2015
Writing Lab Workshops

For older workshops, see the archive below.

Personal Statements

What do colleges mean when they ask for your “academic history”
and your “cultural understanding”?
What do you want to do in your life after you graduate?
Why are you applying to transfer to a particular university?

This workshop is intended to help you develop
your own answers to these questions and to
leave with a draft outline of your personal statement!

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D-204
10:30am-11:20am    rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, 10:30-11:20am

Building a Strong Thesis Statement

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the elements of effective thesis statements,
ways to construct them, and practice building a few on site!

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D-204



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, Feb. 3
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D-204


How to Make Your Sentences More Descriptive (Prezi)

Learn ways to put more effective descriptions into your sentences!

Tuesday,  Feb. 10
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D-204



Personal Statements

As part of Transfer Week, we will hold a presentation
on writing a personal statement for college applications.
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1:30-2:20pm
C-120 A & B


How to Not Get Caught Stealing: Effectively Integrating Source Material

You’re supposed to use the work of others in academic writing,
but if you do it wrong, they call it plagiarism and inflict punishment.
To avoid plagiarizing, you’ll need a clear purpose and understanding
as to why you would use material from a source.
We’ll discuss what to look for when choosing quotes, how to
build quotes into your writing, and whether to quote at all.

Tuesday,  Feb. 24
Shared Classroom in the Academic Success Center, D-204






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!