Underwiting opportunities for specific projects are for each of our programs, including The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.; The William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition; The Double Dealer Redux; and Words & Music: A Literary Feast In New Orleans.
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Educational OutreachThe Society's overall mission is to preserve and enhance American storytelling traditions and to assist developing writers to follow in the footsteps of important novelists who have brought enormous prestige to their regions. One of the Society's principal goals from the beginning has been to offer free educational resources and outreach programs, especially to students of writing and their teachers. In each issue of The Double Dealer Redux, for instance, a feature is devoted to an interview with an accomplished, published writer. Each interview focuses on the author's advice to developing writers and is accompanied by background on the author, an excerpt from that author's work and a list of resources for writers. These features are available to school teachers as lesson plan packages from the Society. Sponsors are required to fund wider distribution of the materials.
The Society sponsors appearances by authors at specific educational institutions Several years ago we instituted a master class lecture series for student writers and teachers. The program takes place on September 25th, Mr. Faulkner's actual birthday, at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Last year, the master class, underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. Louis St. Martin of Houma, Louisiana, featured Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler and Edgar winner Julie Smith, with columnist and cookbook author Lolis Eric Elie as master of ceremonies. This year, John Gregory Brown, winner of the Steinbeck Prize, and A. J. Verdelle, who was shortlisted for the Pen/Faulkner Award for her first novel, will join hands with Elie.
Priority For The FutureThe Society seeks a sponsor or sponsors to make single-year or three-year commitments to underwrite educational outreach projects, such as master classes for student writers; wider distribution of individual lesson plan packages created for each issue of The Double Dealer Redux; compiling a storytelling curriculum guide for wide distribution.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!The Society's salute to great writers, past and present, was conceived as both an annual fundraiser and as a means of calling national attention to New Orleans as an important intellectual destination. As a fund-raiser, the event is as successful as can be expected. The Society nets an average of $20,000 after all expenses. It would be difficult to change the level of earnings on this fund-raiser because of the limitations of the preferred venue for the event, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, which seats 450; and because it is not just a party but is an intellectual salute to writing, writers and storytellers. The literary significance of the Society would be lost, we fear, in a larger, purely social event without a staged program. Because such events already are plentiful, the Society seeks to make its annual birthday bash memorable for the winners of the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition by recognizing them in the ambience of a reasonably-sized audience of authors and patrons genuinely interested in literature and the art of storytelling. Therefore, tickets are offered first to our members. Following presentation of gold medals to competition winners, there is a program of staged readings from good literature. This year, the Faulkner Society will salute both Faulkner and Walker Percy with readings by nationally respected actors, such as Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke.
Birthday Sponsorship OpportunitiesAs this is our only fund-raiser during the year, we wish to maximize the revenues from this event without increasing the size of the total audience. As a result, several sponsorship opportunities have been established for donors interested in the society's work.
Additional OpportunitiesAn integral component of the annual birthday gala is the presentation of the winners of the Society's national literary competition. The winners are introduced to the Society onstage at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre by their judges, all successful writers. Lodging for winners is donated by one of the finest hotels in the world, The Windsor Court. We are responsible for judges' rooms, however, and transportation also is expensive, as winners and judges travel from all over the country and are provided with transport around town during their visit as well. In addition to the considerable prizes awarded, the Society also presents medals to the winners and Society mementos to the judges, prize donors and gala chairmen.
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Mail: The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.: 632 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3254.
Phone: (504) 586-1609 Fax: (504) 522-9725