Lesson 13 For Grantwriters From “The Princess Bride”

Have a strong and memorable introduction

For the conclusion of our series of what we can learn from the movie, The Princess Bride, here’s lesson #13.

Have a strong introduction (and abstract) that captures your audience’s attention immediately.


Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my Father. Prepare to die.

If you know no other line from the movie, this is one you can probably repeat from memory. Inigo, who wishes revenge on the 6-fingered man (Count Rugen), gives a quick introduction of who he is, why he wants the Count’s attention, and then provides a call to action. This could be the model for your proposal’s abstract and introduction. By the end of the paragraph, your reader should know about you, why they should pay attention to your proposal, and what you want them to do to want to keep reading.

This has been a fun exercise for me to reflect on what it means to be a grantwriter and how to support nonprofits in their quests for a better world.

I hope these lessons bring you a chance to reflect on what these and other quotes mean to you.

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