University of Southern California


Writing Winning Proposals

Course Description

This 3-session workshop is targeted to faculty who are currently writing or resubmitting a proposal. The workshop covers writing strategies that show participants hot to persuasively address funder requirements and highlight research innovations and merits. Topics include developing a research plan, drafting proposal sections (selecting, organizing, and summarizing key points), revising draft (using passive/active voice, sentence-level editing), and developing effective graphics. The workshop features short lectures on writing strategies, analysis of sample proposal sections, writing practice, and peer review. Participants are asked to submit a questionnaire and proposal summary prior to session 1.


Bonnie Kilgore Lund, professional grantwriter and owner, The Writing Company


Three 2-hour sessions, meeting every 2 weeks. Offered once each semester.

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Course Registration

To register, please RSVP at least one week prior to the first class via email, indicating the course(s) you are attending, to

For information about workshops, contact the office at 213-740-6709.