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Posters and Signs: 1. Create your poster text

How the Writing Center can Help

Key to the effectiveness of a poster is to condense your text into the fewest words possible. The Writing Center will help anyone with this part of the process.

Peer consultants help with every stage of the writing process, including brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and revising.

Where: The "Sandbox" in the lower level of Lilly Library

When: Peer writing consultants are available Sunday afternoons, 2 - 5 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday nights, 8 – 11 p.m. 

How: The center provides enough consultants each shift to simultaneously support walk ins and appointments. To make an appointment, you may use the online scheduler:

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Editing your Text

Poster Editing Help

 When creating content for a poster, your text needs to be organized and concise. Here are a few tips:

  • Use bullets when possible to make key issues stand out. Keep them parallel!
  • Use active voice. Although passive voice permeates a lot of science writing, strong, active verbs cut to the chase and eliminate extra verbiage.
  • Be precise. Don’t bother with vague modifiers; search for adjectives that express exactly what you mean. When you say “wet soil,” do you mean moist, damp, soaked, or just plain mud?
  • Place important info at top and up front. 
  • Label images and charts clearly so you don’t have to explain them (again) in the text.

Following are some great online resources about creating, writing, and editing posters:

(A) From North Carolina State University, see Creating Effective Poster Presentations. great information and examples.

(B) From Northwestern University, see “Peer editing science posters. This site also has links to a sample student science poster, a list of rules for poster design, and a grading rubric for teachers, as well as general tips for peer editing science writing.

(C) Advice on how to write more concisely, including three links at the bottom of the page to sites that provide short substitutions for long words and phrases:

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