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Writing Isn't an Art, It's a Skill-The Fundamentals of a Well-Written Narrative

Grant writers need to learn how to WRITE. This session will focus on the fundamentals of academic and essay writing and how to apply them to your grant writing. There are four types of essays-Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, and Persuasive. The common grant application will include at least three of these. 

Grant writing, at its core, is about logical thinking and organized writing. Rarely do we discuss the approach of grant writing as an academic endeavor. More often, we talk about storytelling and narrative as prose. This presentation is about the fundamental rules of essay writing and using them to create the strongest foundation possible to build the house on which your narrative will sit. 

Learning objectives include the following:

1) The four types of essays-Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, and Persuasive, and how each is utilized in a grant application;
2) Recognizing the prompts within an RFP;
3) How to develop a thesis for the narrative based upon program elements and data;
4) Outlining your narrative;
5) Creating topic sentences and signposting/transitions;
6) Strengthening your narrative using counterarguments and comparative analysis;
7) Drafting a strong conclusion; and
8) Tips on editing, grammar, and style.  

This presentation will be geared towards the new and mid-career grant professional. Seasoned grant professionals could definitely benefit from a refresher course as well. 

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 

Nicole M. Sibilski, GPC, is an independent grant funding specialist serving non-profit organizations, fellow grant professionals, businesses, and government agencies. Since 2013, she has earned over $20 million in grant awards for organizations throughout the United States. In addition to her career as a grant professional, Ms. Sibilski is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Tennessee.