Jennifer Burger, writer and lecturer in journalism, presents “Narrative Nonfiction and the Human Experience” Saturday at the Writers of Kern meeting. Her program will center on the art of narrative nonfiction and identifying the universal themes of the human experience and utilizing narrative writing techniques to tell true stories.
Since Burger will demonstrate how to use elements of fiction writing (such as key details, scene setting, and dialogue) to bring stories to life, novelists and short story writers will learn skills to hone their craft.
“Everyone has a story — it is up to the writer to draw out the compelling theme that extends beyond the individual and encompasses the greater human experience,” Burger says. She will show how to interview sources to get the deeper story and how to identify themes of the human experience and incorporate them into the narrative.
In addition to lecturing in journalism at CSUB, Jennifer Burger is an adviser to The Runner student newspaper, and a freelance writer for magazines. Previously, she spent 12 years working as a reporter and editor for newspapers including The Bakersfield Californian and The Oakland Tribune.
Writers of Kern meetings are held at Hodel’s from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and are open to the public. Admission is $15, $10 for members, and includes Hodel’s buffet breakfast. Check-in is from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. To learn more about Writers of Kern or pay the admission fee online, visit writersofkern.com.
— Annis Cassells is a member of the Writers of Kern.