Re: Proposal writers: Comments or suggestions about proposal writing courses, especially ICI, The Grant Institute
Is there a standardarized set of procedures that can be taught that
apply to both profit and non-profit organizations? I imagine I will be
working at a for-profit org.
Not really. Grant writing (the subject of the workshop you mentioned) consists of soliciting support from foundations, government agencies, etc., for research, community services, etc. It is part of the nonprofit world and is quite different from commercial proposal writing, which is part of the industrial sales process. To the extent the two activities have anything in common, those factors could probably be summarized in the course of this thread. Here. I'll start:
1. Observe all schedule dates and deadlines.
2. Answer all questions.
3. Write clear, accurate, truthful answers.
4. Do not imply a commitment you cannot fulfill.
Beyond that (plus whatever others add to that list), I think grant writing and commercial proposal writing are rather different. I think grant writing probably does encompass a more standarized set of procedures that can be taught and that would make a $600 workshop a good investment. Proposal writing is probably better learned through practice.
How much of the proposal process is organization specific (in your experience)?
There are aspects of proposal writing that are industry-specific (whether you're talking about the industry you work in or the industry you are selling into). Company processes for writing proposals tend to vary with company size (one person part-time up to fully staffed departments). But the general process seems to be similar from place to place.
Do you think that my attendance at a workshop would be a useful
addition to my tech writing experience if an employer wanted a
proposal writer (My only proposal experience was as a student
Not unless you change your career direction and go into grant writing.
Assuming that the workshop is well run, do you think I would/could
learn as much from such a workshop as I could get from several books
at the library?
As I said, the workshop would probably be worth the money if you wanted to make a career of grant writing for nonprofits.
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