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
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 HSW PDHs
7.0 CE Hours
(Not Eligible in Kentucky)
7.0 AIA LU
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in most states, including Kentucky, and 7.0 continuing professional hours to architects in most states, excluding Kentucky. Educators and courses for engineers are not subject to preapproval in Kentucky. The subject matter of this course is not deemed to be HSW for architects.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.
This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.
This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It is not approved by any state licensing entity for contractor continuing education credit.
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.
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Course Title: Writing Successful Proposals and RFPs
Delivery Method: Live
Course Description: This is a 7.0 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the vital role of capture plans and assembling a talented proposal-writing capture team, identify and explain the key elements of every capture plan, and they will acquire skills at writing successful solicitation and proposal documents.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to apply learned skills to revise, edit and polish proposals for successful outcomes by assembling a review team, promoting collaborative editting, edit for length and structure, and edit for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to differentiate the types and formats of proposals and requests for proposals, identify the purpose and target audience of each, and describe the appropriate content of each type of proposal, and they will be able to understand the writing process.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to create a proposal outline following established structure and organization, be able to initiate the writing process, and apply skills learned to write effective proposals amd solicitation documents.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LUs.
Prerequisites: Familiarity writing proposals.
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 06/14/2020
Complaint Resolution Policy:
Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.