Underwriting 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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The 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.
The 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.
- For $1,000, a donor may underwrite a master class for a specific school conducted by a noted author.
- For $2,500, a patron may sponsor the master class for high school students of creative writing at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to celebrate Mr. Faulkner’s birthday. The event will qualify as a field trip. New Orleans Public School students are bussed to the theater. During intermission, birthday cake and punch is served. The master class sessions have been a big success with teachers and students. The theatre is full. With sufficient funding, we will expand the lecture series to multiple sessions.
- For $2,500, a donor may also underwrite two interns for one school term. Two editor/writer trainees will be selected on the basis of merit from nominees submitted by creative writing teachers. Interns will work with The Double Dealer Redux and be graded for school credit. Interns must be computer trained. They will learn principles and application of editorial writing, critical reviews, copy editing, graphics and desktop publishing.
- For $2,500, a donor may guarantee a creative writing feature in The Double Dealer Redux and its reprint and distribution as a lesson plan for creative writing classes.
- For $5,000, a donor may underwrite duplication and distribution of the video to teachers.
- For $10,000, a donor may underwrite an educational video on storytelling.
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.
As 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.
- For $5,000 each year, a donor may become the overall sponsor of Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, the annual birthday gala, which could be especially advantageous for a corporation with a consumer product. The Faulkner Society reserves the right to reject sponsorship offers from corporations or organizations whose products or goals do not enhance our own image or who are engaged in activities which we deem undesirable.
- For $2,000, a patron may sponsor the program for the gala birthday celebration. The patron will receive a full page of recognition in the program, either in the form of a company advertisement or a full page feature about the sponsor or an honoree of the sponsor’s designation.
- For $750, a patron may purchase a full page ad in the master program for Words & Music.
An 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.
- For $2,500, a patron may sponsor plane transportation for the winners and judges. Transportation averages $2,500 each year (even with a break from the airlines). A patron who sponsors the travel budget will be recognized in the program for the Society’s big birthday event and allowed to name the gift. The donor will be given substantial recognition in The Double Dealer Redux – in the guidelines/entry form – and in news releases to national and local book editors, universities and literary publications and recognition at the awards/birthday gala.
- For $1,500, a patron may underwrite the 14k gold medals presented to winners and sterling key chains given to judges and honorary chairmen each year. The donor will be honored in the program for the gala and will be privileged to name the gift in honor of a loved one, foundation, business, etc. The patron also will be recognized substantially in The Double Dealer Redux.
For more information, you may request our underwriting brochure by writing or calling:
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