Writing Successful Proposals and RFPs Seminar
Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Proposal Types and the Writing Process
Proposal types and formats: Internal, external, unsolicited, solicited
The writing process
Exercises to help you retain and use what you’ve learned
Planning and Creating the Successful Proposal
Preparing a capture plan
Forming a proposal-writing team
Examining solicitation documents and successful proposals for helpful information
Exercises to help you plan a successful proposal
Drafting Proposals and RFPs
Creating a proposal outline
Structure and organization
Specific suggestions for drafting various proposal components
Writing tips for drafting RFPs and other solicitation documents
Exercises to help you draft a successful proposal
Revising and Editing the Successful Proposal
Assembling a review team
Overview of the review process
Editing for length and structure
Editing for grammar, spelling and punctuation
Exercises to help you polish your proposal
7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours
7.0 AIA Learning Units
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 continuing education hours to architects in most states. Educators and courses for Pennsylvania engineers are not subject to pre-approval. Attention architects: This course does not provide HSW credits or LUs for state mandated continuing education requirements.
This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.
This program offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.
Dr. Mark Decker
Dr. Mark Decker is Professor of English and Assistant Department Chair at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, where he teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has a PhD and an MA in English from The Pennsylvania State University (2001, 1997) and he graduated summa cum laude in English from Utah State University (1995).
While an undergraduate, Dr. Decker worked for several years as a staff writer for Aerotech News and Review, an aerospace and defense industry trade newspaper published in Lancaster, California. During graduate school, Dr. Decker was a member of the Leonhard Center for Technical Writing Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of English and College of Engineering designed to promote an exchange of ideas between writing instructors and the scientific and engineering communities. Dr. Decker also taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and an Advanced Technical Writing course that enrolled graduate students from technical and scientific disciplines.
After graduate school, Dr. Decker spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught Technical Writing in support of that school’s major in Technical Communication and served as the advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Decker has given presentations at several national and international conferences and has published several scholarly articles, book chapters, encyclopedia chapters, and a co-edited book.