Like anybody has time on their hands and no place to spend it “¦
And like people don’t have more compelling concerns “¦
But. I am trying to get projects up and running, especially those that involve developing ideas about sustainable language and nature writing. This is tricky because my role as primary caregiver for a special needs child keeps the home environment unpredictable. I’ve tried to develop projects, meet deadlines, and get out there, but eruptions of need at home have grounded me before I got much lift. I could use a little help.
I wish to pursue two courses. One is to promote nature writing among the LDS reading and writing community. I see in the church a rising tide of concern for and interest in stewardship. I would like to help create an environment where LDS writers of nature literature could begin meeting the narrative needs that will arise naturally from this growing concern. This project is pending and waits in the wings.
The other course is the swifter, in some ways more challenging one, a whitewater run of language exploration. It’s here especially I could use some assistance.
What I need help with is writing a proposal for grant money to fund travel in the desert, the Colorado Plateau in particular because that’s where I live. The grant’s purpose is to help a writer get out to the desert to develop a sense of place and then produce literature mapping his/her explorations. Through non-fiction narrative and lyrical exposition, I will develop concepts regarding sustainable language, especially as it applies to nature writing. My main thrust is that efforts we make to improve our behavior toward the natural (or any) world ought to include efforts to improve behavior in the natural environment we call language. This project is not Mormon-centric, but I hope that one way or another Mormons will be involved.
The problem: I know nothing about writing proposals, and while I could certainly learn, my time is limited, my situation unpredictable, and the deadline two months away. But even if I don’t get everything ready on time for this year’s deadline, I’ll be that much closer to meeting next year’s. And if nothing else, I’ll have spent quality time working on my sustainable language project.
I’m looking for help from anyone having experience with proposal writing willing to guide me through the process. Interested persons need not be enamored of nature writing, but if you are, that would be cool.
Need more details? Contact me at P.Karamesines at Gmail dot com.