4th Volume: The 1997 Red River Flood

The 2017 Writers Conference and fourth volume of Writing Stories: Voices of the Valley are right around the corner!

This year our theme is the 1997 Red River Flood–tracking stories and commemorating the people involved. We are also collaborating with The Empire Arts Center and Archives Coffee House to create the volume and raise donations.

More to come! Thanks for staying involved with this nonprofit community writing projects!

Third Volume of Voices of the Valley Seeking Writers

Voices of the Valley: Edition 3 is seeking writers who would like to have the opportunity to interview a resident of North Dakota who exemplifies diverse and interesting relationships with the land.  Some examples of residents already interviewed include ranchers, farmers, artists, and religious lay persons.

Writers who are interested will write their interviews in a creative nonfiction format and will need to be approximately 2000 to 3000 words.

All well-developed stories that meet the project requirements will be included in a bound copy of Writing Stories: Voices of the Valley, 3rd edition.  Three to four stories will receive a time slot at the University of North Dakota’s Writers Conference to have the work read aloud for an audience.

Timeline:

-Interviews should be completed by February 1st.

-Final Drafts should be completed by March 1st.

-Collection goes to print March 10th.

-Voices of the Valley reading is scheduled for Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

*All work is subject to editing and review by the co-directors of this project. Only well-developed work that follows the guidelines will be included in the publication or considered for the reading.

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming involved in this project, please contact Erin Lord Kunz (erin.lord.kunz@gmail.com) or Emily Hill (emily.dubord@gmail.com).

Voices of the Valley: Volume Three Update

I am pleased to announce that the Voices of the Valley will be creating a third edition for the 2015-2016 year and will be featured at the 2016 Writer’s Conference.  We are all excited to have the opportunity to have another edition to be published and featured at the Writer’s Conference.

This year’s theme is focused on ecological narratives, sense of place, and environmental writing.  We are looking for writers to spend time with and interview residents of North Dakota who exemplify diverse and interesting relationships of the land.  Some examples of residents already interviewed include ranchers, farmers, artists, and religious lay persons.  In collaboration with their interviewees, writers will compose the interviews into stories of a creative nonfiction format.

The reason for our project this year is to connect writers with the diverse population that resides in the Red River Valley Region, while offering a local, artistic experience for the entire community.  The proceeds from books sold will be donated to a local environmental organization.

Voices of the Valley: 2nd Volume to be Featured at the 46th Annual UND Writer’s Conference.

Three writers who have written creative nonfiction pieces in the Voices of the Valley: 2nd Edition are pleased to announce that they will be featured in the UND Writer’s Conference.

These writers will be reading on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.  This event is open and free to the public!

At the reading, our collection will be available for purchase, $10.00 each or $5.00 with a student ID.  All proceeds from the books are being donated to the Global Friends Coalition.

Calling All Writers for Voices of the Valley Project

The Voices of the Valley Writing Project is seeking writers who are interested in a nonprofit volunteer project focused on interviewing and writing the stories of international Red River Valley residents.

We seek to connect local writers with the diverse population that resides in the Red River Valley Region, while offering a local, artistic experience for the entire community. The relationship that is formed during the interview process will be integral to the project, and the story should be a reflection of both the interviewee and the artistic vision of the writer.

Potential interviewees could include New Americans, refugees, or citizens originally from a different country. In collaboration with their interviewees, writers will compose international residents’ stories in a creative nonfiction format.

Stories should be 2000 to 2750 words, written in a creative nonfiction format (not journalism). All well-developed stories that meet the project requirements will be included in a bound copy of Writing Stories: Voices of the Valley, 2nd edition. Three to four stories will receive a time slot at the University of North Dakota Writers Conference for a public reading. *

  Timeline:

-Interviews should be completed by February 15th.

-Final Drafts should be completed by March 2nd.

-Collection goes to print March 9th.

-Voices of the Valley reading is scheduled for Thursday, March 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Attached to this email are more details about the project. If interested, please contact Erin Kunz (erin.lord.kunz@gmail.com) or Emily Hill (emily.dubord@gmail.com) for more information.