• 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 2015
Writing Lab Workshops

For older workshops, see the archive below.

Personal Statements

Morning Session: Weds. Oct. 7, 11:30am-12:20pm (Presented by Ron Holland)

Invest in your success! An effective personal statement often determines who will be admitted to university.
The Writing Lab will be hosting a workshop on writing an engaging and compelling narrative which focuses on strengths,
accomplishments, and relevant experiences university admissions committees seek out.


Afternoon Session: Weds. Oct. 7, 1:30-2:20pm (Presented by Kayleen)

  • Typical questions asked on essay prompts
  • How to present your answers
  • How to prepare for a visit to the Writing Lab





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!