Motivating messages Optimizing your brand Remarkable results Emphasized expertise
Too often we are in such a rush to get our message out on all our media platforms, we don’t take time to make sure we are strategizing our content for MAXIMUM IMPACT on potential supporters and donors.
This roll-up-your-sleeves workshop will show you how to make your LOIs, proposal, direct requests, messaging, presentations and pitches more FUNDABLE and more COMPETITIVE using tricks from a lot of trades: screenwriting, digital arts, journalism, marketing, amusement parks, speaking engagements and advertising.
Session I: Friday, January 31 Session II: Friday, February 7 Session III: Friday, February 14 Session IV: Friday, February 21 Session V: Friday, February 28 Final Session: Friday, March 6 – Pitch your message to actual funders!*
*Program officers will provide constructive feedback only with no guarantee of future funding. Confirmed program officers will be announced mid-February.
Organizational Members: No Additional Fee Individual Members: $175 Non-Members: $225
“Six out of five stars! Exceeded expectations! Hilarious! Soars light years beyond the business as usual approach!”
As part of a team, or individually, has won nearly one billion dollars in competitive grants
Previously facilitated The ABCs of LOIs & From Final Draft to Funding
Author of “Right Before You Write”
A successful program designer/grant writer for the past 15 years, Jonathan O’Brien’s offbeat, humorous approach incorporates his experiences as a network TV executive, professional screenwriter, creator/co-host of NPR’s Beyond Words and college screenwriting teacher. As part of writing teams or thorugh his own company, he has won more than $850 million in competitive grants.
Jon is a UCLA film school graduate, a former network program executive, a former juvenile hall writing instructor, and currently an ever-popular adjunct screenwriting instructor at Santa Barbara City College.
Jon has combined 35 years of diverse creative experiences with his passion for teaching to create his groundbreaking program design method. One of his educational program designs is permanently enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution. Two of the charter schools he helped to create are in the top 20 Charter Schools in the nation.
He is also the author of “RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: The Groundbreaking Planning Process Used to Win More Than $385 Million in Competitive Grant Awards.” “RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE” has won six national book awards and was called by one reviewer, “the funniest book about writing I’ve ever read, and the most serious!”