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385/585-001 Professional and Digital Writing: Grant Writing Across Cultural Communities

385/585-001 Professional and Digital Writing: Grant Writing Across Cultural Communities

Instructor: Maria Novotny

Description:

In this course, students will explore the genre of grant writing across cultural communities. These communities range from non-profit organizations to academic grant seekers. Given the multiple stakeholders and their various missions, students will analyze the rhetorical practices and moves made by different grant seeking organizations, examining the texts they produced for various grant funders. Additionally, students will practice creating a grant proposal of their own. Students will learn grant writing concepts and practice the skills associated with creating and coordinating the multiple types of documents, gaining hands-on experience preparing effective proposals. Also, students will practice identifying and selecting funding sources, as well as how to evaluate an “RFP” to formulate a proposal strategy. Students will leave this course with a cultural rhetorical understanding of the genre of grant writing and skills to work across a variety of communities seeking grant funding.

In addition to the general course assignments, graduate students in this course will be required to develop a mini-project of their own that relates to their academic interests. To support this mini-project, graduate students will have bi-weekly meetings with the instructor developing a detailed proposal, with additional readings to guide this project as well as a timeline and list of needed resources to successfully launch the project. Please note, the mini-project is meant to support the graduate student’s area of interest. 

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