Take Your Writing to the Next Level: Become a GPA Author!

Description:
In this session the GPA publications editors will provide an overview of the publications, strategies for becoming an author, and findings from recent surveys of GPA authors. A panel of GPA authors will share their experiences becoming published and answer your questions. This session is for potential authors to share ideas on how to pick a topic for an article.

Scholarly writing and publishing is important to advancing your career and the grants profession. The process of conducting original research, leading studies, examining best practices, or testing new models pushes the limits of current knowledge, which furthers the grants field. The benefits for authors are many. Grant professionals sharpen research and writing skills, expand knowledge, and gain visibility among their peers and beyond.

Learning objectives are to understand:
- Relevance of scholarly publishing to professional development and grants field
- Best practices and skills for scholarly research, writing, and peer reviewing
- Specific requirements for GPA Grant News Weekly, Journal, and Strategy Papers

Benefits to grant professionals and field:
- How professional publications help in your work
- Develop plans for career advancement through writing and publishing
- Add new published works to the field in GPCI competencies and grant sectors

Panel Format:
1. Introduction (5m--Barbara Roberts, GPA Publications Committee Chair)
2. The Writing Process and GPA Publications (25m--David Lindeman, Editor, GPA Journal & Strategy Papers, and Alli Sribarra, Editor, GPA Grant News Weekly)
3. Author Panel (25m--TBD)
4. 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


Speaker: 
Barbara Roberts is a grant professional with 20 years in the field, working in many non-profit sectors and winning grants from private and corporate foundations as well as federal, state, and local government funders. The co-editor of the Journal of the GPA for seven years, Barbara is among the many authors published by the Journal. She has been the chair of the GPA Publications Committee for the past five years and oversees the Journal of the GPA, GPA Strategy Papers, and Grant News Weekly.

David Lindeman, CFRE, GPC, is president of Global Grant Solutions in Washington, DC and helps nonprofits secure grants for programs in education, health, human services, and international development. David has over 20 years' experience in the grants field, both as a grantseeker and grantmaker. He is Editor of the Journal of the GPA and GPA Strategy Papers. He is President, GPA National Capital Area chapter, and Secretary, Board of Directors, Grant Professionals Certification Institute.

Alli Sribarra has spent 14 years working with nonprofits of all sizes on grant management, budgeting, grant writing, and other fundraising and membership activities. For the past five years she has worked at the Sciencenter, where she has primary responsibility for proposal development and grant reporting, along with funder cultivation and stewardship. Alli is the newest member of the GPA Publications Committee and editor of the GPA Grant News Weekly.