Hi there! Back in 2008 I created a guide called “Five Steps Toward A Winning Woodie Flowers Award Essay”. It was viewed a lot and I’m told it helped some teams. That’s neat! I’ve also been told by a lot of students that they “can’t write” or that they feel they aren’t great at writing. That is less neat.
Since then I’ve edited many WFA/WFFA/Chairman’s essays, grant submissions, college applications, etc. from students. It led to this two-part guide that leads you through figuring out what to write, outlining, drafting, editing, and even common writing mistakes. Though much of this guide is geared toward WFA/WFFA submissions, that’s because I have a goal to not only help the FIRST community become better writers and communicators, but also to increase the number of overall submissions for the Woodie Flowers Award. This writing method and the grammar/help guide still apply to almost any kind of essay you may write in your lifetime - even dissertations and heck, really long emails.
I sincerely hope this helps you realize that you can be a great writer. I wish you the best of luck with your submissions. My inbox is always open if you would like someone to help you edit your essay.
FIRST Awards Submissions - Grammar Guide.pdf (850.4 KB)