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

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 


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.