The Writing Center


The following are a few of the Handouts available at the Writing Center. If you can't find what you're looking for here, we encourage you to call the Center at (360) 867-6420 or walk in to find more handouts in paper form. You can also check out Purdue's excellent collection of handouts.

Note: Faculty and other staff requesting workshops must pay for any required handouts out of their program budget and bring the handouts to class on the day of the workshop. Handouts can be downloaded from the Workshop Description page for the appropriate series.

Steps in the Writing Process

Brainstorming and Organizing Your Ideas

Beginning Your Inquiry (PDF)
Six Basic Claim Types (PDF)
Outlines and Organization (PDF)

Citing and Using Sources

Using Your Sources (PDF)
Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue)
Evaluating Sources of Information (Purdue)
Using Statistics (Purdue)

Revision and Review

Strategies for Essay Revision (PDF)
The Author's Note (PDF)

Final Editing and Proofreading

Steps in Editing (Proofreading) Your Papers (Purdue)
Editing and Proofreading Strategies for Revision (Purdue)


What's in a Sentence? Getting to Know the Parts of Speech (PDF)
Tenses and Conjugation (PDF)
Sentence Patterns I: Locating Subjects and Verbs (PDF)
Sentence Patterns II: Locating Objects and Complements (PDF)
Commas 101 (PDF)
The Complex Sentence: Correcting Fragments (PDF)
The Compound Sentence: Correcting Run-Ons and Comma Splices (PDF)
The Compound-Complex Sentence (PDF)
Parallel Structure (PDF)
The Use and Non-Use of Articles (Purdue)

ELL (English Langage Learning)

Basic Tips for ESL Students: Writing for an American Academic Audience (Purdue)
More Handouts for ESL Writers (Purdue)

Types of Writing

(Intentionally) Creative Writing

Using Metaphors in Creative Writing (Purdue)