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University of New Orleans writing students seek to read their stories about their city on WWNO, New Orleans' Public Radio station.
University of New Orleans writing students seek to read their stories about their city on WWNO, New Orleans' Public Radio station.
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Our Project - Storyville - Voices from the University of New Orleans on Public Radio

Our goal is to create a unique collaboration between the graduate writing students of the University of New Orleans and WWNO public radio, the NPR affiliate in New Orleans. The students would write original--true--stories about New Orleans and would record their stories to be broadcast on WWNO radio. The stories will be about any and all aspects of life in New Orleans--past, present and future. They will be as varied, singular, offbeat, creative and passionate as the students themselves. This will be a way to give a considerable voice to the next generation of writers.

We've reached our goal of $3000! Thank you all! 

But we still need your financial help. Here's why:

Be sure to check out our most recent Updates where you can learn about our progress and hear stories from the writers at the heart of Storyville.

University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop

The University of New Orleans offers the only creative writing MFA degree in the city and is in a unique position to take advantage of the talent of its writers--both native and transplant--to provide fresh, original voices for the city of New Orleans. The students in the Creative Writing Workshop come from the bayous of Southern Louisiana, from New York City, from rural Minnesota, from as far away as Australia. They are determined, opinionated, talented, courageous and share an abiding love of New Orleans.

WWNO

WWNO is the listener-supported NPR affiliate radio station for New Orleans and eleven parishes of Southeast Louisiana, broadcasting on 89.9 FM. Since 1972, WWNO has played a prominent role in the cultural life of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. The radio station is located on the campus of the University of New Orleans. Students are able to access it easily.

Paul Maassen, the General Manager of WWNO, sees Storyville as "an exciting way to present the creativity of UNO writing students to our audience of 100,000 listeners who are passionate about New Orleans and are always eager to be exposed to new visions of their city."

All the stories would be available as podcasts on the web page and can be downloaded to smart phones or to your computer. In that way, via links, the students' voices can be heard all over the world.

Where is the money going?

We need $3000 to fund this project. Unfortunately, due to drastic education budget cuts at the University of New Orleans, we have virtually no funding to work with. We need your help. We need $1000 to create and maintain a unique web page devoted to Storyville that will be part of the WWNO website. We need another $2000 to pay the audio engineers, producers and editors and to pay for studio time.

Rewards

We have a number of rewards to offer donors from a thank you on our website to signed books and manuscript critiques. 

$5 - Thank you! Your name listed on our website as an original Kickstarter Backer.

$10 - Ellipsis

An issue of the annual UNO journal that showcases the creative and scholarly work of UNO students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

$15 - Bayou 

An issue of UNO's biannual literary magazine with national circulation that publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction and the winner of the annual Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Contest.

$25 - A scenic photo of New Orleans on a wallet-size print and a handwritten thank you note on local stationery. Choose one of the following photos:

"Full Moon in the French Quarter." Photo by nonfiction graduate Guy Choate, MFA '13.

"Beignets and Cafe au Lait." Photo by fiction student Daniel Morales.

$50 - Manuscript Critiques 

For fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, we will read up to 20 pages of double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman text. For poetry, we will read up to eight pages of poems (a maximum of four poems, which can be single spaced). The critiques will highlight the strengths of your piece, areas that could use some attention, and suggest strategies to consider in revision. If you have questions about this reward, please feel free to contact us.

$60 - A signed and inscribed copy of "French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France" by Richard Goodman. 

$75 - An original story or poem for you. This story or poem will be written especially for you by a graduate student in the UNO writing program and either handwritten or typed by typewriter onto stationery.

$100 - Professor-level manuscript critique - Professor Richard Goodman will read and critique your nonfiction manuscript of up to 20 pages of double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman text. If you have questions about this reward, please feel free to contact us.

$150 - Professor-level manuscript critique and a discussion of your work. Richard Goodman will read and critique your nonfiction manuscript and discuss it with you over the phone for half an hour.

$400 - "My New Orleans." Go with a UNO professor and graduate students on a 30-minute video tour of the city that will highlight elements of the city that are off the tourist track. Included in this reward are a copy of "French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France," a scenic photo of New Orleans, and a handwritten thank you note on local stationery.

$1000 - Two nights in New Orleans for two people. Stay in New Orleans in style with a local, and go on a guided tour of the French Quarter. You'll be served breakfast and then shown the places tourists see--and don't. End the day with a round of drinks on your host's deck in the Faubourg Marigny district. Some blackout dates apply; dates of stay will be negotiated so that they are mutually beneficial.

Who is involved?

Project Creator - Richard Goodman, Assistant Professor

Kickstarter Project Manager - Daniel Morales, Fiction Graduate Student

Students/Graduates:

Shown in video: Lacar Musgrove, Laura McKnight, Josie Scanlan, Dan Lawton, Robin Baudier, Amber Wood, Alexandra Reisner

Helping with rewards: Kiki Whang, Melissa Remark, Hannah Choi, Carrie Chappell, Megan Riley, Daniel Morales, Barry Fitzpatrick, Kelly Jones, Michael Haines, Riccardo Savini, Allison Reu, Ben Shields, Kia Groom, Whitney Mackman

Risks and challenges

Managing Content and Deadlines

There are a lot of different people working on this project, so aligning everyone's schedule so that the project is completed on time will be a challenge, but one that we think we can meet. Many of us work on school literary journals or publications and have experience working on deadlines.

The project will be incorporated into the curriculum of the MFA program, which should help guarantee that these short nonfiction stories will get written, revised, and then produced for radio.

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    A critique of your FICTION manuscript by a graduate student studying at the UNO Creative Writing Workshop. Critiques will be provided digitally.

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    A 30-minute video tour of New Orleans created by UNO graduate students and delivered on DVD. Plus a copy of "French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France," a scenic photo of New Orleans, and a handwritten thank you note.

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    Lodging for two (2) for two (2) nights and a guided tour of the French Quarter with a University of New Orleans professor. Includes breakfast and a round of drinks on the deck of his apartment in the Faubourg Marigny district of the city. You are responsible for transportation to New Orleans. Some blackout dates apply; dates of stay will be negotiated so they are mutually convenient.

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