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Writing Memoir: Telling Your Story Workshop With David W. Berner

  • Evanston Public Library 1703 Orrington Avenue Evanston, Illinois 60201 (map)

Memoir is enjoying a major resurgence. Learn how to tell your story well by weaving together craft and truth with award-winning memoirist and WBBM radio reporter David W. Berner.

In this workshop, you will begin the process by understanding how to navigate memory and story and how to find your unique voice. Whether you are only in the planning stages, beginning the storytelling, or you have already put down words, this workshop will help you find your narrative. It will focus on styles of personal story, on the craft of storytelling, issues of privacy, and will offer exercises to help guide you toward your best writing. This workshop is free, but registration is required.

David W. Berner has been fascinated with stories since his days delivering The Pittsburgh Press newspaper as a young boy. Many early Sunday mornings, when he was supposed to be dropping off the latest edition on the doorsteps of his customers, he instead sat on the curb and read about the world. He began telling his own stories and the stories of others as a reporter for numerous radio stations, including freelance work at National Public Radio and more recently for CBS in Chicago. His reporting background has given birth to award-winning memoirs and novels. He has been the Writer-in-Residence for the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, where he was privileged to live and work at the Kerouac House in Orlando for two-and-a-half months. He later was honored with the Writer-in-Residence position at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois.

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