826 New Orleans

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A project of the non-profit organization 826 New Orleans launching a mobile youth writing center to support the voices of young writers in their own neighborhoods.

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Douglas Keller & Aubrey Edwards

Douglas Keller & Aubrey Edwards

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Doug Keller (Co-Founder, Executive Director)
Doug Keller is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of 826 New Orleans (formerly Big Class), a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for young people ages 6-18 to write and to be supported in their writing. After studying film and writing at Emerson College in Boston, Doug worked in film development with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films in Los Angeles and Elephant Eye Films in New York, and as a contributing writer to The Onion. In 2009, he moved to New Orleans to teach elementary school, starting Big Class in late 2010 as a classroom project. In 2017, Big Class will become the first Southern chapter of the award-winning 826 National when it opens a Youth Writing Center in the 7th Ward with a Haunting Supply Company as its storefront.


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