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The Writer Shed

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.

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THE END OF THE ROAD: The final podcast and a poem.
The Writer Shed podcast has had a good run. More than 50 episodes, thousands of downloads, thousands of listeners, great discussions on writing, music, creativity, and the creative life. During the two years of its existence it has steadily grown listenership and we thank you for all your support. Like any good thing, and all things, The Writer Shed podcast must also come to end, Join host David W. Berner for the final goodbye. All episodes will remain available for as long as you wish to listen. 
09:14 4/3/23
THE ISLANDER: A reading from the new novel from The Shortish Project
The novella, THE ISLANDER is now out in the world.  Writer Shed Podcast host and author David W. Berner reads from his new novel. A project linked to Outpost19 Books' The Shortish Project, an initiative championing the tradition of the short novel.  David wants to know: Would you like the audiobook to be available? 
20:49 3/19/23
THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING: Part 4
This is the fourth and final installment of THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING, a podcast writing workshop series from THE WRITER SHED podcast that focuses on the joyful process of telling stories, how to find what it is your heart is telling you to write. The four-part series is conducted by Writer Shed host, David W. Berner who has taught writing and conducted workshops for more than 20 years. You can find more at www.davidwberner.com.In this installment: Committing to a practice and a process for writing. 
21:15 3/1/23
THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING: Part 3
This is the third installment of THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING, a podcast writing workshop series that focuses on the joyful process of telling stories, how to find what it is your heart is telling you to write. The four-part series is conducted by Writer Shed host, David W. Berner who has taught writing and conducted workshops for more than 20 years. You can find more at www.davidwberner.com.In this installment: Finding out what you want to write. 
26:37 2/15/23
THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING: Part 2
This is the second installment of THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING, a podcast writing workshop series that focuses on the joyful process of telling stories, how to find the way to a creative life, and how to meet your writing goals. The four-part series is conducted by Writer Shed host, David W. Berner who has taught writing and conducted workshops for more than 20 years. You can find more at www.davidwberner.com.In this installment: Discovering a writing practice. 
20:37 2/1/23
THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING: Part 1
This is the first installment of THE SCHOOL OF JOYFUL WRITING, a podcast writing workshop series that focuses on the joyful process of telling stories, how to find your way to a creative life, and how to meet your writing goals. The four-part series is conducted by Writer Shed host, David W. Berner who has taught writing and conducted workshops for more than 20 years. You can find more at www.davidwberner.com.
21:32 1/15/23
WRITER RESOLUTIONS FOR 2023: Writers and editors offer their best ideas
Writers and editors Rick Kaempfer, and Caroline Malloy, and writer and librarian Brian Johnston join Writer Shed Podcast host, David W. Berner to talk about writerly goals for 2023. Resolutions that all writers and creatives will find inspiring. 
25:35 1/1/23
THE BEST BOOKS YOU READ IN 2022: Two author share their picks
Writers Megan Wheless and Rick Reiss sit down with Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner to talk about the books they loved this past year and want to share with you. 
33:32 12/15/22
GIFT A BOOK FOR THE HOLIDAYS from author David W. Berner
After listeners asked about discussing his own works, Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner tells a little bit about each of his books and what might make for a great holiday gift this year.
20:26 12/1/22
AUTHOR BARBARA MONIER on her latest five-star novel and her self-described "bad poetry"
Writer Barbara Monier has been writing since she picked up crayons as a kid. Her latest novel, The Reading is now available, a beautifully written story of the intertwining of an artistic life with a real life. Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner speaks with Barbara about her new book, her process, and her self-described "bad poetry."  
32:40 11/15/22
HOW TO WRITE A MEMOIR: A simple, short writing lesson
Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner has written several memoirs, one named a Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association. Others have won numerous other awards. He also taught writing at the university level and currently teaches memoir classes at Gotham Writers of New York. In this podcast, by popular demand, listeners have asked David to give a short, simple introductory lesson on the ways of a memoir. Are you thinking about writing one? This is the podcast to listen to. 
28:11 11/1/22
THE BEAT MOBILE IS ON THE ROAD with Jerry Cimino, Beat Museum
The Beat Museum in San Francisco has been on the road for several months carrying with it the spirit of The Beats into towns all over America on this 100th anniversary year of Jack Kerouac's birth. Jerry joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner from Kerouac's hometown. 
24:25 10/15/22
CHAMPIONING WOMEN WRITERS with author Maggie Smith
Women write. And women read. And this should be celebrated. But do we have to compartmentalize art? Doesn't saying this is a "woman's book" limit our artistic scope? Author and member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, Maggie Smith joins Writer Shed Podcast host David w. Berner to discuss women's writing and the act of categorizing art. 
33:10 10/1/22
A LITERARY HALL OF FAME: Donald Evans of the Chicago Literary HOF
Chicago has a Literary Hall of Fame. Why? What's its purpose? Why is this important? The founder of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Donald Evans has the answers to these questions and they are far deeper than simply honoring great writers. He joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner to talk about it.
39:33 9/15/22
DO YOU HAVE A WRITING PROCESS? Three writers discuss.
What do writers do to accomplish their work? In essence, what is their process? Write on a typewriter or longhand? Write at night? Early morning? Outline? Seat of pants? Three writers—Anne Terpstra, Floyd Sullivan, and Christine DeSmet—join Writer Shed Podcast host David w. Berner to discuss their process and offer suggestions to authors of all skills about how writers get their work done. 
36:17 9/1/22
WRITING AS MEDITATION: A conversation with writer and educator Lauren Krauze
Can writing be an act of mindfulness? If you consider it as a process of mediative practice, it certainly can. But how do you do it? Where do you begin? Writer and educator Lauren Krauze is the author of an article in Tricycle about writing and mindfulness, and speaks with The Writer Shed host David W. Berner on how to use writing as a way to find your way. 
26:18 8/15/22
DO PEOPLE READ ANYMORE? The health of indy bookstores with City Books' Arlan Hess
We all know people who say, "I don't read." Are the numbers of readers dwindling? To better to know than the proprietor of an indy bookstore. The Writer Shed host David W. Berner checks in with Arlan Hess, the former educator and now owner of City Books in Pittsburgh, PA. She should have the answers, right?  
21:18 8/1/22
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY PRODUCE AN AUDIOBOOK: Discussion with two talented voiceover artists
Lisa Cordileone and Brian Plocharczyk are successful and talented voiceover artists who know more than a thing or two about producing and performing audiobooks. They join Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner to talk about how authors and small publishers can produce their work in audio. 
30:04 7/15/22
DECIDING NOT TO WRITE THAT BOOK with writing coach Akshay Gajria
When do you say, "That's not for me?" Writing coach and Medium writer Akshay Gajria thinks more would-be writers should know what they're really getting into when they take on the work of writing a manuscript. The writing process takes time, perseverance, and commitment beyond what most are willing to accept. And then, too, there's all that collateral damage. Akshay joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner on this edition.
23:40 7/1/22
THE FUTURE OF THE INDIE PRESS with Leland Cheuk of 7.13 Books
Leland Cheuk has quite a story to tell. He has not only authored the collection LETTERS FROM DINOSAURS, and the novels THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG  and NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN , he also runs the small indie press  7.13 BOOKS , a publishing entity that gets its name from one of the most difficult times in Leland's  life. He has a lot to say about independent publishing, the literary world in America, and what makes for a good story. Leland joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner for a conversation about it all. 
24:44 6/15/22
CELEBRATING JAMES JOYCE ON INTERNATIONAL BLOOMSDAY
A fun and unique celebration of the famed Irish writer and author of Ulysses, James Joyce. June 16th, the novel the day takes place, is commemorated around the world and especially in Dublin as Bloomsday, named after the novel's protagonist, Leopold Bloom. And in Chicago, one of the world's most literary cities, a Bloomsday celebration  can take on very special meaning. Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner speaks with  J.B. Pariah and Jeff Helgeson — two of the men behind the 2022 Bloomsday in Chicago. 
28:54 6/1/22
AUTHOR CHRISTINE SNEED: Her new book, publishing, and why we write
Christine Sneed knows how to write. She's accomplished, smart, and talented. But sometimes writing is hard, a struggle, and it doesn't pay much. Still, she couldn't imagine doing anything else. In fact, she's done again what she's done before—published another book, a unique and interesting story told through office memos. Please Be Advised is her fifth book and its brilliant, funny, and full of characters many of us will quickly recognize from all those many office emails flooding our inbox.. Christine Sneed joins WRITER SHED PODCAST host David W. Berner in episode 32. 
37:09 5/15/22
WHAT TO READ NOW. Jeremy Anderberg of "Read More Books."
Author and Substack publisher Jeremy Anderberg has a lot to say about today's reader, the books that matter, and finding online resources for readers and writers. Jeremy is the brains behind "Read More Books," a Substack site, newsletter, and the large group book club called The Big Read. He joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner to talk about what his newsletter and publication can do for you, and the book culture's move online.
23:36 5/1/22
TYPEWRITER ROMANCE: Richard Polt and the Typewriter Revolution
Author and philosophy professor Richard Polt believes in the typewriter, its beauty, its mechanical genius, and its romantic image of a creative life. His book The Typewriter Revolution is an ode to a movement that returns us to the machine on which so many great words of literature and song have been formed. He speaks with Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner about why the typewriter remains a symbol of creativity and a tool of the imagination.  
21:46 4/15/22
THE PULSE OF THE BOOKSELLER: Arlan Hess, City Books, Pittsburgh
The indie bookstore had a big revival a few years ago. Then the pandemic. But there are signs the indie world is rebalancing, reshaping, and resurgent. Why? What is the state of the great American bookstore? Arlan Hess of City Books in Pittsburgh joins Writer Shed Podcast host, David W. Berner to talk about how the indie bookstore continues to stand tall and why the future still looks bright. 
23:58 4/1/22
TELLING TRUE STORIES: Narrative nonfiction author: Arnie Bernstein
Narrative nonfiction is an enormously viable place for storytelling. And writer Arnie Bernstein knows this genre well.  He has written acclaimed books on history's forgotten stories. Arnie joins Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner to talk about the keys to great nonfiction writing, his love of research, and his affinity for the typewriter. 
26:59 3/15/22
MINDFULNESS IN CREATIVITY AND GOLF: Author and psychotherapist, Martin Wells
Author and psychotherapist Martin Wells believes all of us can benefit from "letting go" of the ego. He writes about this in his three books, and especially so in the book No One Is Playing, The Essence of Mindfulness in Golf and in Life.  Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner speaks with Martin about the game of golf, and how the practice of mindfulness fits into sport, life, and the creative process, especially writing. 
23:09 3/1/22
HOW TO WRITE A SONG: Mike Errico and his book, Music, Lyrics, and Life
New York-based recording artist Mike Errico knows a lot about songwriting. In fact, he teaches the process, and now he's written a book: Music, Lyrics, and Life: A Field Guide for the Advancing Songwriter. It's been called a "deep dive" into this mysterious creative outlet. In this episode of The Writer Shed Podcast, Mike speaks with host David W. Berner about how songs take shape, how to mine your own emotions for ideas, and tries to answer the question: What's the best song ever written?   
37:40 2/15/22
WRITER BURNOUT: When the writer needs to take a break
Writer Melanie Holmes is tired. She has put out three books in three years. She's working promotion for them all. And at the same time trying to create more work. The treadmill just keeps on rolling. But she's realized she has to give it all a rest. Why? And more importantly how?  Melanie joins WRITER SHED PODCAST host, David W. Berner to talk about writer burnout and how to douse the flames that put us in harms way. 
24:28 2/1/22
RAINBOW MAN: Serialized Novel in Audio
Serialized fiction online. Installment fiction is not a new idea, but it is available on new platforms, and Writer Shed Podcast host David W. Berner is jumping into the experiment with his new novel RAINBOW MAN.  After plenty of research and a recent discussion on the podcast with novelist Elle Griffin (Dec. 1, 2021 edition), David is currently offering the novel in installments, a chapter each week on Substack, where many writers —Patti Smith, Salman Rushdie, and others—are finding readers. In this edition of the WSP, the audio versions of chapter 1 and 2 of RAINBOW MAN.
25:09 1/15/22

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