Power Writing for Grants ... and More!

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
Chief Magic-Maker

Over her 20+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; a independent grants consultant (winning more than $42 million for her clients over 10 years); a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - for the past 10 years - even a grantmaker.

This done-it-all background gives her the unique 3-D "insider's" perspective she brings to the practical and inspiring trainings on healthy, successful grantsmanship that she has been blessed to share with thousands of nonprofits of every size, nationally and internationally as well.

GrantsMagic U, launched in fall 2015, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of grantsmanship trainings available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

GrantsMagic U is an Approved Continuing Education Provider for both the Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) and Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.

Since 2006 Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair,” managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the Southwest.

She considers herself a dual citizen in the grants world, and may be the only person currently holding membership in both GPA (Grant Professionals Association, for grantseekers) and GEO (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, for grantmakers).

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