"I was very pleased with how [this workshop] turned out. At first I was unsure how useful an online workshop would be but I found I learned just  as much as in a classroom and actually conversed with the other students more than in a traditional classroom--we were able to share helpful information with each other. [The instructor] had helpful suggestions and answers to all my questions. It was obvious she really knew her field."

- Writing for Dollars student

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Workshop Terms of Service

More Testimonials

Writing for Dollars:
Making Money Writing Grants

Facilitator:  Karen Hodge

Workshop Syllabus

Looking for a way to use your writing skills to make money while helping others?  Grant writing is a highly sought after skill that can be learned fairly easily and bring significant monetary and career rewards.  In fact, many novelists-in-waiting have made a good living turning their writing skills to the non-profit world.

Week 1: Getting started

  • Clarifying your idea
  • Discovering where the grants are
  • Securing grant guidelines

Week 2: Writing the Proposal:  Part 1

  • The need statement
  • The plan
  • Evaluation

Week 3: Writing the Proposal:  Part 2

  • Budgets
  • Organizational and staff profiles
  • Executive summary

Week 4: Submitting your proposal

  • Follow up
  • Implementing your project
  • Reporting to the funding source and the local community

ObjectiveBy the end of this course, students will understand the basic components of a grant proposal, including writing a persuasive need statement, creating a logical plan of action, and developing a budget.  Students will be able to write well-organized proposals that will be competitive.

Required Materials:  none

Suggested materials:  None

About the Facilitator:  Karen Hodge has been writing grants for ten years and has participated in the acquisition of more than $5,000,000 for non-profit organizations.  In addition, she has taught communication courses at a large, urban university for twelve years and conducted numerous workshops on a variety of topics, including grant writing.  Karen has authored and/or edited many informational brochures and educational tools.  She has a bachelor of arts in communication and a master of science in education.

Workshop Begins: October 20, 2003
Duration: 4 weeks  
Tuition: $80


To pay by check or money order CLICK HERE
By registering, you indicate that you have read our 
Workshop Terms of Service.

Return to Workshop Catalog


Books recommended on this page are not required reading for participation in the course. Required materials, if any, are listed in the course syllabus.

Grantseeker's Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Funding

Grants are a key source of support for most nonprofit organizations, particularly new organizations or those starting new programs. This guide, developed out of a series of seminars, helps grantseekers develop a strategic plan for finding funds for their programs. It outlines how to develop a program that will receive funding, provides the best methods for writing a grant proposal, and includes a disk that will allow organizations to customize the forms and exercises in the book.