Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Write Here, Write Now.

Writing 410: Grant and Proposal Writing



Employers value oral, written, and digital communication skills in prospective hires, and writing grant applications and proposals draws on such skills. A 2006 study found the following skills to be “very important” for graduates:

SkillPercentage of employers who think the skill is “very important.”
Oral Communication95.6
Teamwork and Collaboration94.4
Professionalism and Work Ethic93.8
Written Communication93.1

Reproduced from Mike Markel, Practical Strategies for Technical Communication, pp. 5

WRIT 410 will address various issues involved in writing proposals and grant applications. By engaging with writing grant applications in a non-profit organization, consulting proposals, various business proposals, research grant applications, or developing small business grant applications or loans… this course will strengthen the effective writing of such projects.

Projects & Deliverables

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Grantwriting Wordle

Students in WRIT 410 will engage with grant requests and proposal writing using a variety of platforms and methods. Some projects for the course may include policy reviews and proposals, writing letters of intent or letters of inquiry, designing a logic model, completing a grant application, and analyzing the rhetorical decisions embedded in such projects.

Grant writers often attempt to persuade a group of people to provide funding to do “good work” in your community. (We define good work and community broadly–for researchers, this may mean exploring a possible research question.) Doing this well requires that writing rhetorically: addressing the audience’s needs, creating persuasive appeals, developing and framing a problem and solution, designing a readable, often digital, document, etc.

This course has the following learning outcomes:
1. To help students learn to find, research, write, and win a grant or proposal. This includes being able to
• find, analyze, and understand multiple types of grants or proposal;
• research and gather information on funders, programs, and clients; and
• write at least one complete grant or proposal that is ready to be mailed out.

2. Write a well-written grant or proposal. This includes being able to
• rhetorically analyze and develop each section of grants or proposal;
• create and construct a persuasive argument;
• write and revise sections of your grant or proposal;
• write correctly on a sentence level; and
• proofread and copy edit the grant or proposal

In addition, students will learn about the resources available to them within the philanthropic world, as well as the grant writing community in and around The University of Mississippi.

Textbooks for the Course

1. Miner, Jeremy T. and Lynne E. Miner. Proposal Planning and Writing. 5th ed. Greenwood, 2013.
2. Payne, Mary A. (2011). Grant Writing DeMYSTified. New York: McGraw-Hill. (also in eBook format)

Course Offering

Instructor: Alice Johnston Myatt
Time: T/Tr, 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Location: Lamar Hall 208
Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Credit for ENGL 101, ENGL 102, WRIT 101, WRIT 102, HON 101, HON 102, or equivalent credit.