Friday, December 18, 2009

Another Writing Avenue to Explore

In this Great Recession, which has hit writers at least as hard as other industries, I've had the opportunity to coach more than a few writers who find themselves in transition, as they consider the next phase of their career. I've pointed some to a segment of the industry that's easily overlooked--technical writing. That involves writing such things as user manuals, training videos, software guides and all kinds of other useful materials we take for granted, all of which are written by professionals. It helps that there's a vibrant community of these folks in my region--the Northeast Ohio Society of Technical Communication. I simply point folks in that direction, and that lively, welcoming group sometimes does the rest. But there's another easily overlooked writing subculture: grantwriting. There again, Northeast Ohio happens to have a vibrant community. You can go here, to the Foundation Library, which is associated with the Cleveland Foundation, to learn more about various grantwriting classes. I hope some readers will look into that, and report back on what they find.

5 Comments:

At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Sherri Henkin said...

John - thanks for the compliments for NEO STC! In addition to our monthly meetings, we welcome visitors at monthly networking lunches and various social networking events.

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

With an emphasis on welcome, Sherri. It really is a dynamic group of folks.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Britta said...

A close friend in NC is making a marvelous transition to grantwriting from reporting and copyediting. She works 30 hours a week at Junior Achievement in my town, leaving her time to care for kids or take on other freelance gigs from her network as they arise. She made the transition as John is suggesting, by taking a few classes, using her reporting skills to research outlets and starting to find the money.

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Wonderful example and testimonial to what I'm talking about, Britta. That's precisely what I had in mind: using this perennial demand as both a bridge to other things and a cornerstone that allows you to do other kinds of writing as well, without the need to frantically chase every scrap of declining dollar for journalistic kinds of writing. It just makes sense on every level. Anyway, thanks for adding your perspective, BW.

 
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