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Getting Unstuck: How to write (a grant) when you're stuck

Description: 
The clock is ticking. Loudly. And you can't seem to write a decent sentence. You're starting to panic.

We've all been there. At one time or another, every grant professional is "stuck." In fact, some of us know of no other way of being -- those moments when you struggle through the ideas and conversations and research to finally put your hands on the keyboard.

In this session, we'll use a bit of humor and a lot of empathy to examine the causes of stuck-ness and provide a wide range of strategies to get you un-stuck. Participants will complete a self-assessment of writing prep styles and consider alternatives to their current practices. In addition, they will have an opportunity to discuss their own solutions in small groups.

Objectives: Participants will begin to recognize the signs of stuck-ness and learn strategies to move the work forward. The presentation will examine eight specific excuses/causes for stuck-ness and the specific, cost-effective solutions to get us all past that blank page.

Benefits: Participants will laugh (or cry) through this session as we commiserate over a very serious topic. The presentation includes specific take-home tools and tasks to help us all avoid or recover from writer's block.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 

Speaker: 

Johna Rodgers, GPC has worked nearly 30 years in the corporate and non-profit worlds, supporting organizations of all types and sizes. A specialist in federal grants, she has secured more than $162 million for schools and educational groups. In 2013, she joined Grant Writing USA as a national trainer; and in 2015, she traded in a regular paycheck for a consulting shingle. She serves on the GPA Board of Directors, is a GPA Approved Trainer, and a past board member and GPCI exam administrator.