The creative life must be nurtured. Writing, art, music, all of it takes courage, and living such a life requires the right state of mind. Get inspiration, tips, and delve into the artistic life. Join award-winning writer, bestselling author, and the editor of WRITER SHED PRESS, David W. Berner inside his writing shed outside Chicago as he explores the triumphs, struggles, and adventures of the creative life.
SERIALIZING NOVELS ON SUBSTACK: Meet novelist Elle Griffin
Serializing a novel is not new. It's actually old. Charles Dickens did it. So did many others. What's different today is the platform we're using and the way readers discover and select the work. The one platform that's getting the most attention is SUBSTACK. Writers like Salman Rushdie and Chuck Palahniuk are on SUBSTACK with serialized fiction, and more are coming. Join Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner for a discuss with novelist Elle Griffin about her journey with serializing her American Gothic novel.
THE MODERN MEMOIR: Three writers on telling personal stories
The memoir has taken many forms. Once seen as the genre of celebrities and statesman, written and shaped by ghostwriters, is now a vehicle for the stories of us all. What is the state of the modern memoir? Writer Shed Podcast host, David W. Berner speaks with three memoirists who have embraced the genre—somewhat reluctantly—but in unique and maybe unexpected ways. Links to their works are below. Listen in to what they have to say about the modern personal storyteller.
Like a Dog by Vincent Francone
All the Answers by Michael Kupperman
Come Home, Indio by Jim Terry
A BOOKSTORE CHECK IN, Arlan Hess of City Books in Pittsburgh
One of the biggest book-buying seasons is upon us. And this year, unlike last, most bookstores will have the doors open to customers Good news! But who is buying and what? What is the reader looking for and why? Arlan Hess, the proprietor of City Books in Pittsburgh knows the reader like few others. She joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner with another of our occasional check-ins on the reader and the the health of the indie bookstore.
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THE LITERARY CAFE: Caffe Reggio to Lula Cafe, the lure of a great creative space
Cafe society, legendary artist hangouts—these are the places for imagination, writing, contemplation, and conversation. They have inspired for centuries all over the world.. But what is it that makes a great literary café? Is it in the DNA? WRITER SHED PODCAST host, David W. Berner, speaks with the owners of two respected and legendary creative cafes — Chicago's Lula Cafe and New York City's Caffe Reggio—about the beauty of the artist's cafe where, as they say in Vienna, "time and space are consumed, but only coffee is on the bill."
WRITER SHED STORIES: WRITERS READING THEIR WORK: Volume 3 release: 10-15-21
Writer Shed Stories, Vol. 3: Second Thoughts will be published October 15, 2021. In this edition of The Writer Shed Podcast, some of the contributing writers read portions of their prose and poetry. Listen to hear the words come alive! This is part of our ongoing series to promote the creative process and to offer other platforms for writing. Think of it as an appetizer for the big meal coming when Writer Shed Stories Vol. 3 is released.
PAULO COELHO & THE ALCHEMIST: Author of The Secret of The Alchemist, Colm Holland
Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist is one of the biggest selling books in literary history. But reading his great fable of inner enlightenment is only part of the journey. Author Colm Holland delves into the real meaning of Coelho's story in the pages of his own bestselling book, The Secret of The Alchemist and joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner in conversation about his connection to Coelho, alchemy, and how you can learn from it all.
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