Power Writing for Nonprofits

PRINCIPLES OF CLARITY AND STRUCTURE | taught by Maryn Boess

Course description



This is an anytime, anywhere online video training. As soon as you enroll, you will have instant access to the recorded training and can watch from any Internet-connected device, on your own schedule, as often as you like.


Power Writing for Nonprofits:

Principles of Clarity and Structure

Clear, compelling writing is vital to all your on-the-job writing projects -- not just grant proposals.

In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn and practice simple, powerful and often overlooked techniques that will have you writing more clearly, quickly and confidently -- right away.

The focus is on presenting your message in a way that makes it as easy as possible for your reader to understand -- so you get the results you want.

Topics include:

  • The big myths and misconceptions that could be sabotaging your writing without your even knowing it;

  • Three fundamental strategies for writing so clearly your reader cannot possibly misunderstand your message;

  • Key techniques and tools to help you organize your material for maximum impact;

  • Ten steps for busting through the deadly 12-12-12 Scenario and bringing your writing to life;

  • Figuring it out: Who are your readers, what do they need from you … and how do you make sure you deliver?

  • Advice from the top writing pros on editing, proofreading, and revising.

  • BONUS RESOURCES: Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Good Writing (But Never Had the Chance to Ask)

Curriculum:

VIDEO 1 (runtime: 34 min.)

  • Writing: What Works, What Doesn't Work ... and Why
  • Stop and Think: Assess Your Own Writing Challenges
  • The Six-Step Process of "Writing": Why Doing It All At Once Doesn't Work
  • Clarity: The "How" of Good Writing
  • The Golden Rule of Good Writing
  • Clarity Key #1: Focus on Simple, Familiar Words
  • ... Replace Inflated Words
  • ... What About Technical Language?
  • ... Re-Use Your First-Choice Words
  • Just for Fun: The Systematic Proposal Buzz Phrase Synthesizer

VIDEO 2 (runtime: 30 min.)

  • Clarity Key #2: Prefer Short, Simple Sentences
  • ... Use the "Meat Cleaver" Technique to Shorten Sentences in Seconds
  • ... "Prune Back" Inflated Phrases
  • ... Get Rid of Redundancies and Repetitions
  • ... Liberate Buried Verbs
  • ... Get Rid of Hedging Words and Phrases
  • Clarity Key #3: Use Active-Voice Verbs
  • The Case of the Invisible Dog
  • Corollaries of Clear Writing
  • About Those "Grade-Level Reading Scales" ...

VIDEO 3 (runtime: 23 min.)

  • Organizing: The "What" of Good Writing
  • Organizing Key #1: Ask - Why? Who? What?
  • ... The 8 Primary Purposes of Writing
  • ... The Bottom Line: Know Your Bottom Line!
  • Organizing Key #2: Outline - Outline - Outline
  • ... Start Your Outline with Idea-Mapping
  • Organizing Key #3: Lead with Your Bottom Line
  • ... Why the Bottom Line Matters
  • A Quick-Start Way to Identify Your Bottom Line

VIDEO 4 (runtime: 23 min.)

  • Editing and Proofreading for Professional Polish
  • Six Steps to Editing (in the Left Brain)
  • Proofreading: A Three-Level Model
  • ... Level One: You Have All the Time You Need
  • ... Level Two: No Time for Three Separate Readings
  • ... Level Three: Proofreading Damage Control
  • How to Proofread Something You Can't Stand to Look At Again
  • Revision and Editing Checklist
  • Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About Writing (Thanks, Mom!)
  • Putting It Into Perspective: Your Quick-Win and High-Leverage Action Steps

Reviews (4)

Moves you beyond the empty page!

by Shawn Watson
As always, Maryn brings substance and clarity to her topic. Her course on Power Writing eliminates that fear of a blank page and inspires one to begin putting pen to paper! Thank you.

Power Writing is More Than Magic

by Barbara Gorzinski
“Power Writing for Nonprofits” reveals the secret of putting magic back into your writing: return to simplicity and understand how your own brain does the conjuring. And Maryn Boess’ humor, metaphors and step-by-step instruction make for an enjoyable 90 minute power-package. The course made me want to charge into my next writing project! I loved the practical writing goals set out by the course: improve speed and clarity. I’ve experienced being frozen in front of a blank page, struggling to find my message and convey it effectively. This course delivers on its promise to lay out a structure and keys to unlock a way through all that. The written materials that accompany the videos gave me the feel of being at a live workshop, participating in writing exercises and experiencing “aha” insights. I’m committed to following-up on the additional references and taking Maryn up on her offer to answer questions and help me in the future. GrantsMagicU has given me a solid foundation for my grant seeking through the other courses I’ve taken and I was eager for this Power Writing course to open up. No more fumbling to get started on my writing, no more crumpled “start over” drafts in the recycle bin for me! I highly recommend the Power Writing course and I look forward to the new set of course offerings that are available now at GrantsMagic. Thanks so much, Maryn Boess, for making your courses the real deal--the absolute best I’ve taken.

Great Learning Tool!!

by Angie Grams
The information in this course is incredible! I've been writing for many years and thought I knew all the "tricks". Maryn provided MANY new tools that I'll be able to use to fine tune my grant writing.

Power Writing for Nonprofits benefits all writers

by Mary Tewksbury
Maryn does it again! Power Writing for Nonprofits is packed with applicable information presented in a fun and interesting way. The course offers ideas for seasoned and beginning writers as well as writers in the nonprofit world and beyond. Mary Tewksbury, Michigan Grant Writer and Researcher
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Moves you beyond the empty page!

by Shawn Watson
As always, Maryn brings substance and clarity to her topic. Her course on Power Writing eliminates that fear of a blank page and inspires one to begin putting pen to paper! Thank you.

Power Writing is More Than Magic

by Barbara Gorzinski
“Power Writing for Nonprofits” reveals the secret of putting magic back into your writing: return to simplicity and understand how your own brain does the conjuring. And Maryn Boess’ humor, metaphors and step-by-step instruction make for an enjoyable 90 minute power-package. The course made me want to charge into my next writing project! I loved the practical writing goals set out by the course: improve speed and clarity. I’ve experienced being frozen in front of a blank page, struggling to find my message and convey it effectively. This course delivers on its promise to lay out a structure and keys to unlock a way through all that. The written materials that accompany the videos gave me the feel of being at a live workshop, participating in writing exercises and experiencing “aha” insights. I’m committed to following-up on the additional references and taking Maryn up on her offer to answer questions and help me in the future. GrantsMagicU has given me a solid foundation for my grant seeking through the other courses I’ve taken and I was eager for this Power Writing course to open up. No more fumbling to get started on my writing, no more crumpled “start over” drafts in the recycle bin for me! I highly recommend the Power Writing course and I look forward to the new set of course offerings that are available now at GrantsMagic. Thanks so much, Maryn Boess, for making your courses the real deal--the absolute best I’ve taken.

Great Learning Tool!!

by Angie Grams
The information in this course is incredible! I've been writing for many years and thought I knew all the "tricks". Maryn provided MANY new tools that I'll be able to use to fine tune my grant writing.

Power Writing for Nonprofits benefits all writers

by Mary Tewksbury
Maryn does it again! Power Writing for Nonprofits is packed with applicable information presented in a fun and interesting way. The course offers ideas for seasoned and beginning writers as well as writers in the nonprofit world and beyond. Mary Tewksbury, Michigan Grant Writer and Researcher
Maryn Boess
Maryn Boess
Your Ultimate Grants Guide

Maryn Boess is a veteran nonprofit professional, social entrepreneur, and leader in capacity-building and grantsmanship training.

Over her 20+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - yes - for the past 9 years, even a grantmaker.

Maryn’s grant proposals won more than $42 million for her clients in a single ten-year period. Since 2000 she has created a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, resources, and workshops shared by thousands of nonprofits nationwide. For the past nine years Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair," managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the Southwest.

A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Maryn travels nationally to offer her workshops on practical strategies for healthy, successful grantseeking. GrantsMagic U, launched in fall 2015, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Every hour of GrantsMagic U training qualifies as 1 credit toward CFRE and GPC continuing-education and certification requirements.