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January 17, 2018

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The Weekly Writer

The Weekly Writer is published each Wednesday while classes are in session. As always, please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

Visual Writing Project: Infographics

By Amy L., Tutor

An infographic is typically a visual interpretation of an essay geared towards informing people about a certain topic. They could range widely from being a visual summary of a research paper, to a flow chart explaining how to make a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich. An infographic consists of many key elements:

  • Provides statistic that support the conclusion being drawn
  • Uses a balance of words and pictures with the display
  • Has its own clear, self-contained message
  • Expresses a complex message in a concise, visual form

While it may just seem like you are placing pictures and symbols on a page, you are actually telling a story and need to think about how to organize it. Is it statistical-based, time-based, process-based? Is it comparing and contrasting two concepts? Once you figure out the purpose of the poster, it is easier to arrange it in a logical manner.

A good infographic does not tell every single detail of the story, but rather summarizes the main points. It is imperative to have enough information for the audience to understand, yet not overwhelm them. There should be only one or two takeaways that they should get from the poster, and all other details should be relevant to these points to deliver a strong message. You can help the audience in this process by using color, contrast, or spatial arrangement to emphasize different key points. At the Writing Lab, we help writers at all stages figure out the best way to present their ideas.

Writing Lab News & Events

Workshop: One- to Two-Page Résumés
January 31st
Whether you're going onto the job market or applying for graduate school, bring a draft of your résumé or come ready with a laptop to make one. Sign up online »

English Conversation Groups
January 16th - April 27th
If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, the Writing Lab's conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary. Sign up online »

Staff Spotlight

By Jalyn G., Tutor

Hi! My name is Jalyn and I am a junior in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at Purdue, and I am one of the front desk receptionists at the Writing Lab. This means I will be one of the first faces you see when you come in and check in for any appointments! As a member of the lab, I am looking forward to reviewing my research papers, lab reports, and any professional documents such as resumes or cover letters with the tutors. I do have a lot of papers to write, especially when it comes time to apply to graduate school, where I plan to get my Master's in Environmental Management. My strengths when it comes to writing is grammar and structure, as well as descriptive language. However, a weakness is trying to make my writing "fluffy" to make my sentences longer—one of the deadly sins of writing. But I plan to solve that working with some of the tutors!

From Our Partners


Viewing of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
January 18th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Krannert Auditorium and Lobby

Viewing of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," from visionary director Julie Taymor. (Sponsored by the Department of English Big Read, the Honors College, and the Purdue Libraries) More Information »


"Heart Berries" Book Launch and Reception with Terese Mailhot
January 18th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Krannert Auditorium and Lobby

"Heart Berries" is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of PTSD and Bipolar II, Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. Mailhot is a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English. More Information »

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Writing Tip of the Week

"Don't blindly trust Microsoft Word's grammar and style checkers!"

-Adrianna R., Tutor

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"They Say/I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing by Graff, Birkenstein, and Durst

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