Writing is a key skill necessary for fundraising. But great fundraising writing is not like writing a college essay, a cover letter, or even an email to a friend. It is its own genre.
Great fundraising copy inspires, motivates and compels. Ultimately, it raises money.
Maybe you want to improve your writing. Perhaps you want to grow your confidence as a writer. Or maybe you are looking for some fresh inspiration to fine tune your copy.
Welcome to The Writer's Workshop!
About The Writer's Workshop
The Writer's Workshop is a 2-week workshop designed to help fundraisers, communications professionals, and executive directors learn how to write copy that raises money.
Every day you will receive a short video lesson (5 to 15 minutes long) along with a worksheet, checklist, or resource to help you implement what you are learning.
Workshop topics include:
- Writing a strong call to action
- Crafting a compelling theory of change
- Simple and conversational writing
- Vivid and gripping copy
- Overcoming writer's block. . . and more!
When you sign up for The Writer's Workshop, you'll have access to our private online classroom that includes a supportive peer community and interactive online discussions. You'll have lifetime access to the online classroom and course materials.
You'll also be invited to 2 live coaching calls during the workshop on Friday, December 9th and Friday, December 16th at 10 am Pacific/ 12 pm Central/ 1 pm Eastern. During these calls, you can ask Vanessa anything, get feedback on your work, and have a chance to go more in-depth on workshop topics.
The Writer's Workshop begins on Monday, December 5th and will end on Friday, December 16th.
FAQs about The Writer's Workshop
When does The Writer's Workshop begin and end?
Our next class will take place in early 2017. Dates will be announced soon!
Is this class self-paced or do I need to be available at a specific time for the class materials?
While there are official start and end dates to The Writer's Workshop, you can go through the material at a pace that makes sense for your schedule. Each day during the class, a new lesson will be released in the online classroom at 6 am Pacific. The lessons will also be available to you after the class ends.
I read that this is an online course. How that that work?
The Writer's Workshop is delivered through an online, interactive e-learning platform called Ruzuku. Each day for 10 days you'll receive a lesson that will be 5 to 15 minutes in length. The lesson is a video and also includes a worksheet, checklist, or resource to supplement what is discussed in the video lesson. While the course is paced for 2 weeks, you can also work through the material at your own pace.
I'm interested in The Writer's Workshop, but this is a busy time of year and I don't know if I can take a class right now. What should I do?
If you are interested but don't think you can participate in the live course, you will still get access to the course material, which you can work through at your own pace after year-end fundraising has passed.