June 08, 2020  —  July 05, 2020


Online - Course

Contact Hours



Do you have a proposal or a grant application? Or another significant technical work product?  This mini-course will guide you through the writing process, from understanding your task through outlining, revising, and editing. Using examples from successful (and unsuccessful) work products, you will see how specific techniques can give your writing more clarity and power. By the end of our course, you should have the tools to produce a sharp, polished written document that will stand out within your organization.

Each week, a new module will be released, including a recorded lecture, quiz, discussion forum and homework assignment. You will have 7 days to review the lecture and complete the weekly assignments. The instructor will be available by email and phone for questions and comments during the class and will be interacting with students through the weekly discussion forum. The 4-week class will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete over the 4-week period.


Week 1

  • Getting started
  • Overview of conventional format, elements of a formal proposal, and audience considerations
  • Task: Outlining your document

Week 2

  • Drafting your product
  • Techniques for overcoming procrastination
  • Strategies for approaching each section of the proposal/document
  • Task: Draft your document

Week 3

  • Revising your work
  • Techniques for clarifying the structure of your proposal/document (e.g., finding and emphasizing claims and main points; subordinating evidence to those main ideas)
  • Task: Revise your document

Week 4

  • Polishing your work
  • Integrating sources/references
  • Best practices for utilizing images/graphs
  • Editing techniques to make your proposal/document stand out from the rest
  • Task: Edit your document


Rosanne Simeone

Roseanne Simeone: Having earned her doctoral degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, Rosanne Simeone has taught English at the college and high-school levels. As a member of the University of Virginia’s Department of Science, Technology and Society Department (formerly the Division of Technology, Culture and Communication), she guided engineering students through their first forays into technical writing as well as their fourth-year theses. She taught professional writing at the Institute of Textile Technology, and she served as technical writer and Publications Director for the medical center’s Tissue Adhesive Center. Currently, she teaches Humanities, chairs the Capstone Thesis Committee, and advises the Honor Council at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Who Should Attend

Anyone working in the transportation fields who would like some guidance and feedback on proposal-writing or other current technical writing tasks.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Tribes: FREE
Local Government: $50
State/Federal: $85
Private Industry: $200

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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