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Specialized Training: Tell Me a Story: Incorporating Creative Writing Techniques into your Grant Proposals
The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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Friday, May 10, 2019, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Category: Specialized Training


Tell Me a Story: Incorporating Creative Writing Techniques Into Your Grant Proposals

With Alix Wilber, Grants and Communications Manager,
Meany Center for the Performing Arts, UW


Some are born to write grants; others have grantwriting thrust upon them. If you are among the first group, congratulations! This workshop will increase your enthusiasm for the craft by introducing you to new techniques for writing compelling, lively proposals that stand out from all the others in the pile. If you belong to the second group (you remember: someone at your non-profit discovered that you know how to write simple declarative sentences and bingo! -- you’re the grantwriter!), this workshop will offer you a new approach to grantwriting that might just change your perspective—you’re telling a story, not doing data entry!


In this workshop you will: 

  • Explore the basic elements of fiction and see how to incorporate them into grantwriting.
  • Discuss techniques for crafting powerful and compelling proposals that capture the reader’s interest.
  • Apply these techniques by writing a sample grant application.

This workshop is geared for grantwriters with about 1-3 years of experience, and any grantwriters looking for inspiration and new techniques for crafting compelling narratives. The training will include both group and individual work.


When: Friday, May 10, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144

Meet our Presenter:

Alix Wilber, is the the grants and communications manager for Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington, a position she has held since 2013. From 2011 to 2013, she was the grants manager at the Seattle Aquarium. She began her grantwriting career in 2003 at Hugo House, a literary center in Seattle. In 2006, she moved from raising money to spending it as Hugo House’s Program Director for five years. Prior to entering the nonprofit world, Alix taught English as a Second Language at several local community colleges before becoming a content writer at Microsoft in 1993 and then a book editor at Amazon.com in 1996. A fiction writer since the age of 3, she won the Governor’s Writers Award in 1992 for her novel, The Wives’ Tale. She believes that judicious use of creative nonfiction makes everything a little more interesting—especially grant applications.


8:00 to 8:30 a.m. - Registration
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Program 


Members: $75
Non-members: $105





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