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Funding Transformation: Grant Writing for Storytellers, Writers, Artists, Educators, & Activists // with Diane Silver

  • 21 Feb 2018
  • 03 Apr 2018
  • Online


  • $35 per week
  • $40 per week


The process of seeking a grant can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. In this class, poet and grant-writer Diane Silver provides an insider's understanding of the grant process, gives you the resources you need to identify the perfect grant to target, and supplies feedback on your application draft. The primary purpose of this six-week class is to enable you to produce a finished or nearly finished grant application.

Week by Week

Week One: The How and Where

In this week, we'll review how successful grant seeking works and show you where writers and artists can find grants. Week One Homework: Identify the grant you want to target and explain to Diane why this is the perfect grant for you.

Week Two: The What

In this week, we'll further explore the grant process and discuss how successful grant applications stand out from failures. Week Two Homework: Identify the deadlines for your target grant (there may be more than one), note the steps you need to perform to complete your application, and tell Diane how you intend to divide up work on your application for this class.

Week Three: Diving Deep Part 1

This week Diane provides tips and tricks for writing successful grant applications and introduces the concept of "boilerplate language," which allows you to use the same or similar wording when applying for different grants. Week Three Homework: Complete and submit to Diane the first third of your application.

Week Four: Diving Deep Part 2

This week we continue working on our applications. Diane will provide individual feedback to each participant. In her weekly video, she will also discuss common problems she sees in the drafts. Week Four Homework: Complete and submit to Diane the second third of your application.

Week Five: Diving Deep Part 3

This week we complete work on the first draft of your application. If needed, Diane will provide general feedback in her weekly video. Week Five Homework: Complete and submit to Diane the final part of your application.

Week Six: Charting Your Future

In this final week, Diane will discuss how to create a long-term grant-seeking strategy. Week Six Homework: Outline your next steps, including whether or not you plan to follow through and submit the application you prepared for class.

Who Should Take This Class

This course is for all writers seeking grant funding to support their work. If you tried to win a grant and failed, never tried at all, or find yourself procrastinating on your next grant application, this class is for you. If you know what grant you want to target, this class will provide you with the support and guidance you need to polish and complete your application. If you have no clue where to start, this class will help you find resources, understand the process, and will provide feedback and support to help you complete your application.


This is an online class. Each week, a new week will open full of resources, reflections, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week perusing resources and readings, answering a discussion question, engaging in several writing prompts, and responding to peers’ work. From our interactions, we sustain a welcoming and inspiring community together.

About the Teacher

A poet, journalist, and political activist, Diane Silver often pays her mortgage by working as a grant-writer and in fundraising (known as "development" to fundraising insiders). In her career, Diane has helped two universities raise hundreds of millions of dollars and written proposals that have won funding for a variety of clients. Her online course, Grant Writing and Fundraising Communications, and her fundraising writing win high praise.

"Diane Silver is the most talented development writer I've known in more than 20 years of work," says Geni Holmes Greiner, executive director of university events for Wake Forest University, and formerly with The Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Diane's most recent creative work is a four-volume series of poetry called Your Daily Shot of Hope. (Meditations for an Age of Despair, published in January 2017; Meditations for Awakening, coming July 2017; Meditations for Transformation, September 2017; Meditations for Joy, November 2017.)

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kansas, P.O. Box 442633, Lawrence, KS 66044

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