Writing Help

A successful proposal elegantly and succinctly frames an argument for funding a unique contribution to knowledge. Please see below for resources and advice on approaches to proposal and academic writing as a life, practice, and perfectible skill.

Writing Resources

Readings on Academic Writing

Resources for Grant Writing + Proposal Development

Articles + Columns


  • Effective Grants Management (Ward, 2010)
  • Developing Effective Research Proposals (Punch, 2008)
  • Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes (Clarke, 2007)
  • Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals (5th ed.) (Locke, Spirduso & Silverman, 2007)
  • The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn to Write Grants Like a Professional(Smith & Works, 2006)
  • Models of Proposal Planning & Writing (Miner & Miner, 2005)
  • Successful Grant Writing: Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals (Gitlin & Lyons, 2004)
  • Grant Writing in Higher Education: A Step-by-Step Guide (Henson, 2004)
  • Webster's New World Grant Writing Handbook (Wason, 2004)
  • How to Write a Grant Proposal (New & Quick, 2003)
  • Research Proposals: A Guide to Success (3rd ed.) (Ogden & Goldberg, 2002)

Knowledge Mobilization

The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

Research Impact: This Canadian knowledge mobilization network links universities, communities and government. Resources, Web 2.0 tools, blogs, a journal club and more are hosted on this site.

Writing Retreats

If you are a researcher who is productive when writing off-campus and away from distraction, perhaps you and your research team are interested in a writing retreat. The following venues offer beautiful surroundings with various amenities and services: