I just wrapped up my online grant writing course – “Grant Writing 101: The ART of the Skill.” No matter how many times I teach my basic grant writing course I enjoy it. Most of all, I always learn something new.
The greatest revelation I’ve had recently is you have to teach true “beginners” from a different perspective. It’s one thing to know how to do something. It’s quite another thing to try to relay that knowledge as a new concept to someone who has no exposure to it.
The past few weeks I’ve been exposed to people who not only don’t have any grant writing or writing experience, but they haven’t even worked in the nonprofit field.
There are so many things I’ve taken for granted because I’ve worked in this field for so long. New students remind me of that.
Now, I must think differently about how I approach my lessons. This is another reason I’ve found the writing assignments to be so crucial. It shows me where people are in their writing, so I can build from that.
The best thing it shows me is how I need to modify my teaching style and adjust my format. That allows me to meet them where they are and help elevate them to where I need them to be.
Upon completion of every course I teach, I take the lessons I’ve learned and incorporate them into my next course. So, my next course is ALWAYS my best course. I keep improving every step of the way.
I’m constantly inspired to elevate my teaching game. Best of all you get the benefit of those lessons learned.
Here are a few things I’m changing for my next course:
1. I’m adding an additional week so I can leave room to build a foundation with an exercise that primes the students for writing.
2. I’m dropping the recorded modules and making the course ALL live. The students in this last course really benefited from the live coaching. It was their favorite part. It helped them more than anything else.
3. I’m assigning a real grant instead of a mock grant. The mock grant omits too many crucial elements. It makes it harder for the students to engage in the full writing experience. By giving them an actual Request for Proposals (RFP) to guide them, it makes it easier for them to produce valuable content.
4. I will keep the class size small. If I enroll more than 10 students, it negates from the personal attention I desire to give. It’s difficult to effectively coach a large group.
These are just a few things I’m changing. I won’t give away everything. You’ll have to sign up to learn more.
My next course will begin on Monday, April 30, 2018.
Let me forewarn you – this course is NOT for someone who is not committed and who doesn’t want to write. Participating in the writing assignments is mandatory. The only way to learn to write grants is to actually practice writing them.
Registration opens this week. Please revisit my website for more details when it opens.