Posted Dec. 28, 2016
Do you have a story to tell, but need some help going about it? Well then, the EHFOP has a great opportunity for you — a series of writing workshops conducted by David W. Berner, our 2015-2017 Writer-in-Residence. The details follow:
Part 1: Writing Your Personal Story — Memoir Writing in Hemingway’s Home
Everyone has a story to tell — learn how to tell it well in a series of workshops conducted by David W. Berner.
Whether it’s a short personal essay, a mini-memoir, or a book length manuscript, writing the stories of our lives is a dream for many. This is your chance to find that story and discover how best to tell it no matter where you are in the process. Whether you’re only thinking about the writing, just beginning the storytelling, or you’ve already put down words, these workshops will help you find your narrative.
Through fiction or memoir, Hemingway wrote many stories that stemmed directly from his life. Find your inspiration inside his birthplace house and leave with words on paper that you’ll be proud to share.
The workshops will focus on styles of personal story telling, on the craft of storytelling, and offer exercises to help guide you toward your best writing with participants sharing their work and receiving individual advice from the instructor.
The three sessions will meet at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home, 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Ill. on Feb. 2, 9, and 16 from 7 – 9 p.m. Class limit is 12 students. The fee for all three sessions is $150. To sign up and pay for the workshops, visit www.eventbrite.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the instructor: David W. Berner is the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home. He writes memoir, personal essays, literary nonfiction and fiction, and has published two memoirs and a book of essays. David is also an associate professor at Columbia College, a journalist, and broadcaster. Learn more at www.davidwberner.com
Part 2: How to Get Your Writing Published
In this new age of publishing, there are more chances than ever to get your work published, including self-publishing. What’s best for you and your story? Learn how to navigate the process in a one-evening workshop, also conducted by David W. Berner.
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 out 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 the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home, 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Ill. on Feb. 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Class limit is 12 students. The fee is $50. To sign up for the workshop and for payment options, visit www.eventbrite.com or send an email to email@example.com