Your Family’s War: Finding and Telling Stories of Service and Sacrifice
Writing Workshop with David Chrisinger
My grandfather served in the United States Army and fought in the Pacific during the Second World War. A generation later, my father and uncle served the same army during the Vietnam War. And like many veterans of those conflicts, none of them cared to talk much about their service. By the time I was a graduate student in history at the University of Chicago, my curiosity was too much to bare, and I spent the better part of a decade searching for and writing about what the men in my family experienced while serving their country. The road to truth is winding, narrow, and fraught with obstacles, but with a little guidance and plenty of determination, you too can learn where to look for your family’s stories. In addition to advice on where to begin, participants in this workshop will also learn the basics of storytelling, including how to structure a story, make it come to life through immersive details, and ensure that story leads to connection and understanding–and maybe a little redemption, too.
ARTS + LITERATURE LABORATORY
November 4, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00PM
2021 Winnebago Street
Madison, WI 53704