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Take Your Writing and Reviewing to the Next Level: Become a GPA Author or Peer Reviewer!

GPA's editorial and peer review team will provide an overview of the GPA Grant News, Strategy Papers, and Journal and share opportunities for becoming an author or peer reviewer. The session will examine strategies for developing an article concept, writing a manuscript, receiving and incorporating reviewer feedback, and editing and finalizing a published work. Then, the session will examine the important role of peer review in scholarly publishing, delve into GPA's double-blind peer review process, and share strategies for providing critical and constructive feedback as a peer reviewer. 

Benefits: Scholarly writing and reviewing advances both individual grant professionals and the grants profession. Grant professionals sharpen their research, writing, and critical review skills in a new context, expand knowledge, and gain visibility in the profession. The process of conducting research, writing, and providing critical peer review adds new, high-quality knowledge and advances the grants profession. 

Learning Objectives:
- Appreciate the relevance of scholarly writing and peer reviewing to career development and grants field.
- Identify best practices and skills for scholarly research, writing, and peer reviewing.
- Understand requirements and next steps for writing or reviewing for GPA publications. 
- Develop plans for career advancement through writing and reviewing. 

1. Introduction (5m): David Lindeman, GPC, GPA Publications Committee Chair
2. Writing Process (20m): Alli Sribarra, Editor, GPA Grant News/Strategy Papers; Sean Kirby, Editor, GPA Journal
3. Peer Review Process (20m): Dana Boe, Peer Review Manager
4. Discussion (10m): Panel
5. Q&A (15m)

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking 
Nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development 
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders 
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers 

David Lindeman, CFRE, GPC, is Director of Grants & Development for the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC. He has over 20 years' experience in the grants field and also is a grants consultant and certified copyeditor. He served as GPA Journal editor from 2013 to 2018 and became GPA Publications Chair in 2019. He is past president, GPA National Capital Area chapter, and current Secretary, Board of Directors, Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

Dr. Whitman is a consultant and owner of Grant Associates, LLC. Her expertise is grant evaluation and editing but also researches and writes Foundation and State grants for nonprofits. Joan consults with start-up nonprofits to develop systemic and sustainable grant policies and procedures.  She is a University Professor that teaches mixed methods research to graduate students seeking a Masters’ degree in Education. Dr. Whitman is a founding member and President-elect of the Wisconsin GPA chapter. Her interests include membership onboarding and retention along with virtual committee development.

Sean Kirby is a grant writer who works with K-12 school districts around the U.S. to help them fund projects big and small. Sean knows that, whether a school wants funds for a new STEM lab or professional development for staff, it is vital to always focus on how programs will benefit the students. In 2018, he served as associate editor of the GPA Journal and in 2019 began serving as the Journal's lead as editor. Sean holds an M.A. in English Literature from John Carroll University.

Alli has worked for 15 years with nonprofits of all sizes on grant management and writing, budgeting, and other fundraising and membership activities. For the past six years, she has worked at the Sciencenter, where she has primary responsibility for proposal development and grant reporting, along with funder cultivation, and has recently taken on corporate donor stewardship and fundraising. Alli is a member of the GPA Publications Committee, where she edits Grant News Weekly and Strategy Papers.