Best Foot Forward: Telling an Engaging Narrative About Your Own Work

Wednesday, January 12th @ 2 - 3:00 PM Eastern

As opportunities and spaces slowly re-open, so too are funding resources–for time and space to research and write, and to develop professionally. When it comes to your application packet, how do you know if you’ve put your best foot forward? In this webinar, you will learn how to approach and take advantage of the key sections of many application packets, including the statement of purpose and writing sample.


Additional Information

This webinar will cover the components of successful applications for workshops, grants, or residencies. We will discuss how you can ensure your materials best represent you and your work, from format considerations to best practices for regular revision. We’ll also touch on related information such as how to evaluate application guidelines and customize your templates for each opportunity. You’ll also receive handouts and online resources to use after class.

In this webinar you will:

  • LEARN about the components of a cover letter template and statement of purpose and how they can be used to apply for funding, time, or education opportunities.
  • DISCOVER how the paramedic method of revision can strengthen your professional and promotional materials.
  • PLAN a writing sample that represents your best work.
  • UNDERSTAND how to build and maintain “template” documents, and how to tailor them to specific applications.

There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is for writers who plan to apply for residencies, fellowships, grants, or workshops/conference scholarships in the future.

All registrants receive a recording.

To request closed captioning, please email [email protected]

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Please Note

It is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at [email protected].

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I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.

Catherine O’Neill

Webinar FAQs

  • Will there be closed-captioning or a transcript of the webinar?

    We will provide closed-captioning upon request. Please contact us at least a week prior to the webinar to allow time for scheduling with a captioner.

  • Will I need to install any software?

    The webinar link will prompt you to download the GoTo Opener. For troubleshooting questions, please refer to GoTo Webinar’s support page: https://support.goto.com/webinar

  • What video conferencing program does CNF use for their webinars?

    We use GoTo Meeting. After you register for the webinar, you will receive an email with a link to the class.

  • Is there a preferred browser for viewing the webinar?

    Yes: Chrome tends to work best with the GoTo Webinar software.

  • I’d like to attend a webinar but have a conflict. Will the program be offered at another time?

    Our webinars are usually presented on Wednesday at 2:00 pm Eastern time. We rarely repeat webinars, but we do send out a recording of the program to everyone who registers, and you may watch the program at your conviencence.