Should my story be fiction or memoir? Is it an essay or a short story? First person or third? Short chapters or long? Should there be a prologue? An epilogue? The questions go on and on. And as a writer, if you get caught up in trying to answer them all you may never get to the real work—telling a good story. Eventually, though, don’t all those questions need to be answered?
In this workshop, you will learn how to navigate these questions in a way that will keep them from getting in your way, slowing down your process, or limiting a story’s potential. Through lecture, discussion, and exercise, you’ll learn how to find the right bucket for your work, or discover if it even needs a bucket at all.
If you’re planning to attend and you’d like an excerpt from your work-in-progress to be in our handout and discussed at the session, please email up to 500 words single-spaced in Times New Roman in Word to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 14. The first 12 submissions will be included in the handout and David will review as many as time allows. Please do not mention if your submission is fiction, non-fiction, memoir, essay or short story.
David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of seven books of fiction and memoir, several of them winning awards from the Chicago Writers Association, the Society of Midwest Authors, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
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, Florida for three months. In 2015, David was named the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, IL. David is also a radio journalist, reporting and anchor for Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio . His audio documentaries have been heard on public radio stations across America.