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Eight students at The Academy @ Shawnee tell their stories in a beautiful book of creative nonfiction, oral history, and photography.
Eight students at The Academy @ Shawnee tell their stories in a beautiful book of creative nonfiction, oral history, and photography.
193 backers pledged $10,379 to help bring this project to life.

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What will we do with funds beyond $8,500? 

 All funds in excess of $8,500 will go toward the next Louisville Story Program book, which will be written by more Louisville residents whose voices are historically underrepresented in our community. So keep the pledges coming!What's in the book?

What's in the book?

  • Immersive, carefully crafted nonfiction pieces on topics of personal importance to each author 
  • Fascinating oral histories culled from in-depth interviews the authors have conducted with family members and neighbors  
  • Compelling photographs taken by the authors with the help of professional photographers

Taken together, these elements will provide some of the richest, most authentic portraits of what life is like in their neighborhoods, all of which are located in Louisville's West End, a large area of diverse neighborhoods that is too often stereotyped as a monolithic expanse characterized by crime and poverty. 

How far along is the project?

Authors have spent four months in intensive workshops with Louisville Story Program instructors and guest instructors who write, interview, and take photographs for a living. They each have working drafts of their nonfiction pieces, and they have conducted most of their interviews, many of which have already been transcribed. Over the next two months, authors will be hard at work with their Louisville Story Program instructors/editors and some photography coaches to finish their contributions to the book. 

Why do we need $8,500?

On a tight budget, we are working to produce a quality book that honors the lives and voices of the authors and interview subjects. A project like this requires a lot of resources: hundreds and hundreds of hours of work in and out of class on the part of qualified instructors, significant funds for book design and editorial assistance, interview transcription services (we have literally hundreds of pages), $500 salaries for each author, professional printing and binding, and many supplies like paper, ink, journals, and digital recorders. We have secured funding and in-kind donations to cover some of our expenses, and a successful Kickstarter campaign will enable us to cover the remaining costs associated with the production of the book. With your help, we will be able to publish 2,000 copies of the book in May 2014!

This is the first book produced by the Louisville Story Program (www.louisvillestoryprogram.org), a sponsored program of the Network Center for Community Change, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Louisville, KY.

Risks and challenges

Aside from funding, our biggest challenge will be to complete the work on time. We're deep into our drafts, but still have a lot of writing and editing to do, and most of our photography work lies ahead of us. Given the tight relationships we have built with one another over the past 4+ months (and given that the authors have a paycheck awaiting them upon completion of their chapters), however, we are all committed to doing whatever it takes to get everything done--and done to our own high standards--on schedule. We have also built in some contingency time into our production schedule, which gives us some flexibility to address unforeseen challenges if they arise.

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