Winter hours: During January and February, the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum will be open for tours Fridays 1-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. We will be closed Monday-Thursday until March 1.
How to Get Your Writing Published—A Workshop in Hemingway’s Home
In this new age of publishing, there are more chances than ever to get your work published. What’s best for you and your story? Learn how to navigate the process in one evening workshop conducted by David W. Berner, the Ernest Hemingway Writer-in-Residence and held at the Hemingway Birthplace in Oak Park.
Writing is one thing, publishing is quite another. But unlike the traditional publishing ways of the past, a new age of publishing offers many options for getting your work in front of readers’ eyes. Whether you have a personal story to tell or a work of fiction or poetry, find how to hone your writing to the finest it can be and how to best steer through the sometimes daunting and complicated labyrinth of traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing.
The workshop focuses on getting your writing ready for submission, when and how to submit work, and dealing with rejection and learning from it. The instructor will walk writers through a step-by-step process of query letters and book proposals, and discuss the positives and negatives of securing an agent. Do you really need one to get published?
The workshop will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 17th at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, 339 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Ill. Cost is $50 per student.
Join us at the Hemingway Birthplace for an evening of exploration on Hemingway's boyhood in Oak Park. EHFOP Board Members Nancy Sindelar and Kevin Bry talk about the 18 years Hemingway spent in Illinois and Michigan and the way those years influenced him as a writer and a person.
Where: The Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, 339 Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park Welcomes 2015-2016 Writer in Residence David Berner
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is proud to announce its 2015-2016 Writer in Residence, David W. Berner.
Berner will work in the attic office at the Hemingway Birthplace Home, 339 N. Oak Park Avenue. He is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and professor at Columbia College Chicago.
His first book, Accidental Lessons (Strategic Publishing) was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There (Dream of Things Publishing) won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer's Association for nontraditional nonfiction and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Award. His collection of essays There's a Hamster in the Dashboard (Dream of Things Publishing) was released on Father's Day, June 21, 2015. Windy City Reviews called it "a book to be read and re-read, a return to childhood and growing up with companions that truly mattered."
In 2011, David was named the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project. He lived and worked in Kerouac's historic home in Orlando for a period of three months.
You also may have heard his voice regularly on the radio. He's a reporter and anchor on CBS radio (WBBM, Chicago) and regularly fills in as the morning news anchor on WXRT, Chicago. David also produced audio documentaries for public radio stations.
David grew up in Pittsburgh, but calls the Chicago area his home.
The Writer in Residence program accepts applications each year beginning in March.
A Victorian Evening: The pleasure of your company is cordially requested for a Victorian house party at the Hemingway Birthplace Home, 339 N. Oak Park Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Historical cocktails by Papa's Pilar Rum, elegant bites, and thoroughly modern jazz music will entertain you as you stroll the grounds and explore the rooms where young Hemingway learned to love music, art, and storytelling. Toast to Papa in truly proper Victorian style: Bustle dresses and white suits encouraged!
Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Hemingway Birthplace Home. Purchase includes admission to the Birthplace and Museum July 18-19th and a complimentary cocktail.
Also on July 18th ...
Morning Run with the Bulls: The Hemingway 8K "run with the bulls" kicks off at 8 a.m. This family-friendly run takes participants all over Oak Park, ending at Scoville Park where kids can repeat last year's popular "kids run with the bulls" event by decorating a cardboard bull and participating in a fun run.
Hemingway Birthday Lecture:MOZOS Author Bill Hillmann has been running with the bulls of Spain for ten years. Hear about this Chicago journalist and novelist's journey of self-discovery, from a Golden Gloves championship to a nationally broadcast goring by a bull named Bravito, and learn how Hemingway inspired him.
Columbia Links High School Journalism Fundraiser: Ernest Hemingway, just 18, began reporting for the Kansas City Star right after high school. Surely he’d have some insights for the Columbia Links high school journalists, whom you’ll meet at a fundraiser during the week-long celebration of Hemingway’s birthday. Come out to hear their personal stories about reporting on topics such as sex trafficking and the school-to-prison pipeline at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23 Hemingway Birthplace Home. Refreshments and tours of the Hemingway Birthplace Home will be complimentary. Guests must RSVP at this link.
Eataly Chicago will celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s 116th birthday at A Moveable Feast: An Eataly Dine-Around on Friday, July 24 from 6-9 p.m. Inspired by Hemingway’s own extensive global travels, guests will travel around Eataly celebrating cuisine of Italy, Spain, and France, while enjoying food, cocktails, wine, music, and literary performances by the Foundation.
Guests are encouraged to come in costume, and Eataly Chicago will be giving out a prize for the best 1920s, Hemingway inspired costume. Tickets to the dine-around are $125/person and include a 4-course meal including a myriad of foods and wines inspired by Italy, Spain, and France.
Hemingway spent a considerable amount of time in Italy between 1918 and 1954, particularly in the region of Veneto. Images of Hemingway and quotes expressing his love of food and wine decorate the Chicago location, which is dedicated to the late American author.