Funding Your Nonfiction Project: A Mini-course with Eva Holland

Learn how to navigate the world of journalism and nonfiction grants with Eva Holland


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Course runs Mondays, Feb. 8–Feb. 22, 7–9pm ET

Writing a convincing grant application is its own dark art. In a cash-strapped media and publishing world, it’s also one that can make or break literary nonfiction and journalism projects. Grants can underwrite professional development or travel and reporting costs for an individual story, and they can pay the bills and feed you while you write and edit a manuscript.

In this three-week course with journalist, author, and prolific grant-writer Eva Holland, students will learn how to navigate the world of funding requests. She’ll cover how to find the money, write for award juries, dodge conflicts of interest, and create realistic budgets. Each two-hour class will include group and individual exercises, homework between sessions, and examples of private/public grant funding available across Canada and the U.S.

The class is open to 25 students at $199 CAD. For an additional $100 CAD, students will receive a private consultation with Eva, which includes a one-hour virtual meeting (limit 15 upgraded students).

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  • How and where to find grants for journalism and nonfiction projects
  • Grant application fundamentals
  • Appealing to granting juries
  • Polished drafts of common grant application components (in-class, homework, and self-directed
  • Optional: Complete draft of an application, with detailed feedback from the instructor ($100)
Mondays, 7–9pm ET, Feb. 8–Feb. 22 (with optional dates for one-on-one consultations*)

Pre-course homework: If there are specific grants and opportunities you are interested in, come prepared with a sense of the application components/requirements.

  • Class 1 (February 8): Introduction to grant writing; application fundamentals and in-class exercises
  • Class 2 (February 15): How to find grants and how to use them; workshopping homework assignments
  • Class 3 (February 22): The grant juror’s perspective; workshopping homework assignments

* Private consultations (Feb. 25 through March 15): Students who upgraded to include a one-on-one private consultation with Eva can schedule a meeting between late February and mid-March.


Some writing and/or journalism experience. Emerging and early-career writers are welcome and encouraged, however, most grants are not intended for unpublished writers.


Eva Holland is a freelance writer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. She is a correspondent for Outside magazine, and her stories have appeared in WIRED, Esquire, Bloomberg Businessweek, Grantland, and other outlets. Her work was also anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and Best Canadian Sports Writing. Her first book, Nerve: A Personal Journey Through The Science of Fear, was named one of Time‘s top 100 books of 2020.


After checkout, you’ll receive a receipt with a link to download your syllabus, which will include Zoom passcodes, pre-class homework, and additional course information. You will also receive an emailed reminder a few days before your first class.

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Some writing and/or journalism experience is required for enrollment. Emerging and early-career writers are welcome and encouraged, however, most grants are not intended for unpublished writers. This course intended for committed students. You will be expected to complete in-class exercises and homework to complete several polished components of a grant application.


Pandemic University is committed to offering a fulfilling and inclusive education. Classes are held via Zoom with Closed Captioning features enabled through auto-transcription technology. A teaching assistant will be present to correct transcription mistakes and assist in other ways. The course includes workshops and class discussions, thus students are required to participate through audio; accommodations can be made for people with speaking or other disabilities if they inform us ahead of schedule. Video is encouraged of all students in order to optimize everyone’s virtual classroom experience.


Space is limited to 25 students, including 15 students who’ve upgraded their registration to include private consultation. Anyone wishing to cancel their registration have until Feb. 1, 2021 to receive a guaranteed refund. If you cancel after Feb. 1 but before Feb. 8, 2021 we will only offer a refund if and after the vacated spot is filled. No refunds whatsoever will be offered after the course begins on Feb. 8. Violations of the Code of Conduct may also result in your removal from the course without compensation.


Although PanU is technically a fake university, we’re committed to high standards of artistic integrity, quality education, and maintaining a safe virtual environment for students. Abusive behaviour toward classmates or instructors will not be tolerated at any point during the course, including in private messages, and will result in expulsion without refund.

Other violations that could have you expelled from this course include: refusing to participate in group workshops; plagiarism and misrepresentation of others’ ideas as your own; sharing recordings of classes; sharing classmates’ work without their consent; and racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia either in your notes feedback to classmates or in your written work.

The final say on whether or not you continue in class belongs to the instructor alone. If you have any questions, email

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