Writing Center

Workshops and Events for Students

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. To register, click on the workshop below, look for the "Please register here" link under Additional Information, and fill out the form. You must be logged into the Amherst College web site to access the form. If we are offering a workshop you would like to attend but cannot due to the time/date, please contact the instructor or email the webmaster

Unless otherwise noted, all Writing Center workshops are held in the Writing Center seminar room, 101A Charles Pratt Hall.

Past workshops (from this year and previous) are listed here.

Today - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

2014 Poster Session

Designing Posters For High-Impact Communication (with PowerPoint)

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 11. This class will help you design and produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

Through examples, analysis, and discussion, we will determine what makes a research poster successful. We will discuss visual design and rhetoric, effective use of graphics, and how to engage your audience.

We will also show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:

Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use Illustrator on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated three times with different tools:

PowerPoint: Monday, July 13, 6 PM - 8 PM or
InDesign: Tuesday, July 21, 6 PM - 8 PM or
PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 29, 6 PM - 8 PM
Light dinner provided at 5:30 PM in each meeting.