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What Not to Write: How Avoiding Common Grammar Errors Can Give Your Grant Writing a Competitive Edge


You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When your writing is your introduction to potential funders and partners, you never want to stand out for the wrong reasons. Avoiding common grammar errors will show a level of professionalism on your part, and following simple grammar rules can also lead to more concise and better-organized content. Those pesky matters of punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, word choice, and formatting actually do make a difference in crafting a compelling case and making it easy for the reader to follow your argument. 
This session will provide examples and interactive discussion designed to make grammar rules meaningful and, thus, memorable. "What Not to Write" is a session that will give you food for thought as well as tips and tools that you can use immediately to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application (GPC competency). The session includes the following learning objectives:
1. Re-learn/review rules regarding syntax and mechanics.
2. Develop an appreciation for how your use of grammar impacts the reader. 
3. Approach your writing with fresh eyes and a new perspective.
4. Prepare more polished, effective grant proposals. 
5. Gain confidence as a writer. 

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

After 15+ years working for nonprofits, Dana Herron is now a freelance writer who enjoys working on diverse projects ranging from federal grants to donor thank-you letters. Dana works for clients in the higher education, healthcare, and social service sectors. She earned an undergraduate (Shorter University) and a master's degree (University of West Georgia) in English and has taught college-level English courses as an adjunct professor.