Arnie Bernstein

Arnie Bernstein - Ghostwriter Tick

Chicago, IL, USA

Acclaimed nonfiction writer & writing coach making your story the story that matters.

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Overview

I'm a nonfiction writer, writing teacher and coach, speaker, & editor. I've written award-winning history & biographies, plus worked on successful business and marketing campaigns. Ghostwriting, editing, writing coach, speaker, and teacher. I am here to make your story the story that matters.

I'm a nationally acclaimed and internationally published nonfiction writer, writing teacher, editor, and writing coach, with 20+ years of experience.

My talents for research are well honed. I'm of the firm belief that no fact is too small and no source should be discounted, be it a newspaper, legal and government documents, or personal papers. For my books I've delved deep into FBI records, newspapers both well known and obscure, police files, personal diaries, letters, and even seemingly meaningless scraps of paper--all sources where research gold is found. Turning this mountain of material into lively prose is one of my specialties, a talent that has been praised by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and other reviewers.

As a ghostwriter for private clients with a high profiles I work hard to establish trust, dig into the personal stories, and turn interviews into lively prose that puts each subject's unique voice onto the page. Often people know they have a story to tell, but aren't sure how to tell it. My job is to give those stories shape and form, pulling together a powerful narrative that engages readers. The best personal stories are ones where the reader feels that the author is across the table, telling the tale with all its intricacies in a one on one conversation. That is what I will do for you, making your story the story that matters.

My work has been published by St. Martin's Press, Picador, Rebus Press of Poland, and others. I specialize in history, biography, true crime, and cinema. I've contributed to anthologies of film and history, plus written history books on my hometown Chicago, exploring the Windy City through such prisms as its movie history, and Chicago's connections to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

As a writing coach and speaker I've worked with clients at such insitutions as Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Illinois-Chicago, plus libraries and private venues nationwide. My insights and talents are sought out for panel discussions, speeches and presentations, and individual coaching. I have 20+ years as a college writing teacher. We are all natural story tellers; that is part of our innate abilities as human beings. I firmly believe that anyone can become a good writer, from college students to business professionals to those who want to give the world their insights. I will help you bring out your natural talents and gifts!

Praise has come from all sources: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huffington Post; and from overseas reviewers in Poland, Israel, and elsewhere. I've been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, PBS, the National Geographic Channel, the American Heroes Channel, broadcast outlets in Ireland, England, Australia, and Russia, as well as numerous podcasts and blogs.

I've also worked in corporate communications, covering the business beat for professional journals in both Chicago and London, England. Other business writing includes award-winning marketing campaigns for higher education, and publicity work.

Member of Authors Guild, Society of Midland Authors, and PEN USA
Ambassador of national Authors Guild for members of Chicago chapter

Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University
Masters Degree from Columbia College-Chicago

Additional education at Northwestern University and University of Iowa

Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Entertainment
History
Politics & Current Affairs
True Crime

Awards

  • Illinois State Library Authors Fair honoree
  • Selected as participant in the exclusive Warner Brothers Comedy Writing Workshop
  • Puffin Foundation Grant
  • Michigan State Library Notable Author honoree

Work experience

Writing Coach-Editor- Ghostwriter

Self-employed
January, 2000 – Present (almost 19 years)

Experienced editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach critically devoted to making your writing stand out and take you to new levels of accomplishment.

Speaker and panelist on diverse writing topics including the business of writing, creativity, writing techniques, and how to translate creative writing powers into business strategies that bring you to the places you want to be.

I'm critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and others; been interviewed internationally including Ireland, England, Israel, Russia, and Australia.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund

Arnie Bernstein

In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement in pre-World War II America, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. They met in private social halls and beer garden backrooms, gathered at private resorts and public rallies, developed their own version of the SS and Hitler Y... read more

In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement in pre-World War II America, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. They met in private social halls and beer garden backrooms, gathered at private resorts and public rallies, developed their own version of the SS and Hitler Y... read more

Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

Arnie Bernstein

"With the meticulous attention to detail of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of truth on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."---Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling author of Starvation Heights "A chilling and historic character study of the unfathomable suffering that desperation and fury, once unleashed inside a twisted mi... read more

"With the meticulous attention to detail of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of truth on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."---Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling author of Starvation Heights "A chilling and historic character study of the unfathomable suffering that desperation and fury, once unleashed inside a twisted mi... read more

Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100+ Years of Chicago and the Movies

Michael Corcoran, Arnie Bernstein

Ranging from the dawn of the silent era to today’s blockbusters and independent films, this revamped second edition chronicles the significant contributions by Chicago and Chicagoans to more than a century of American filmmaking. Among the Windy City’s unique honors in this history are the development of film technology by early major players Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and the Selig Po... read more

Ranging from the dawn of the silent era to today’s blockbusters and independent films, this revamped second edition chronicles the significant contributions by Chicago and Chicagoans to more than a century of American filmmaking. Among the Windy City’s unique honors in this history are the development of film technology by early major players Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and the Selig Po... read more

The Movies Are : Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews and Essays, 1920-1928

Carl Sandburg, Arnie Bernstein, Roger Ebert

For New condition books in our store; You will be the first user. You will be the first to open the book cover. For Used condition books in our store; It shows signs of wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. There are no problems in page content and in the paper. There are no problems except minor faults. All pages and cover are intact , but may have ae... read more

For New condition books in our store; You will be the first user. You will be the first to open the book cover. For Used condition books in our store; It shows signs of wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. There are no problems in page content and in the paper. There are no problems except minor faults. All pages and cover are intact , but may have ae... read more

The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections (Great Lakes Connections: The Civil War)

Arnie Bernstein

Explores Chicago's role in the Union's struggle toward victory in the Civil War and in Abraham Lincoln's bid for the Presidency and offers a guide to historic sites in the Chicago area.

Explores Chicago's role in the Union's struggle toward victory in the Civil War and in Abraham Lincoln's bid for the Presidency and offers a guide to historic sites in the Chicago area.

Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago & the Movies (Illinois)

Arnie Bernstein

A history of filmmaking in Chicago offers inverviews with directors, actors, and writers; tours of movie locations and historical sites, and looks at such American favorites as "Within Our Gates," "Hoop Dreams," and "My Best Friend's Wedding."

A history of filmmaking in Chicago offers inverviews with directors, actors, and writers; tours of movie locations and historical sites, and looks at such American favorites as "Within Our Gates," "Hoop Dreams," and "My Best Friend's Wedding."

World Film Locations: Boston

Founded by the Puritans in 1630 and the site of many of the American Revolution's major precursors and events (including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and Paul Revere’s midnight ride, among others), Boston has played―and continues to play―an influential role in the shaping of the historic, intellectual, cultural, and political landscapes of the United States. And Boston has a sign... read more

Founded by the Puritans in 1630 and the site of many of the American Revolution's major precursors and events (including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and Paul Revere’s midnight ride, among others), Boston has played―and continues to play―an influential role in the shaping of the historic, intellectual, cultural, and political landscapes of the United States. And Boston has a sign... read more

World Film Locations: Chicago

While some call it the Second City, Chicago is no stranger to the silver screen. Director Christopher Nolan transformed Chicago into the darkly foreboding Gotham City for The Dark Knight. Ferris Bueller rode a parade float down Dearborn and made stops during his epic day off at a host of landmarks, from Buckingham Fountain to Wrigley Field. Everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed blues act ended thei... read more

While some call it the Second City, Chicago is no stranger to the silver screen. Director Christopher Nolan transformed Chicago into the darkly foreboding Gotham City for The Dark Knight. Ferris Bueller rode a parade float down Dearborn and made stops during his epic day off at a host of landmarks, from Buckingham Fountain to Wrigley Field. Everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed blues act ended thei... read more

Des Plaines River Anthology

Historical Society of Forest Park

Forest Park, Illinois is home to four major cemeteries and has been the final resting place for both the famous and not-so-famous since the early 1870s. The village was once recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for its ratio of over thirty dead to every live resident. Notable permanent residents of Forest Park's hallowed grounds include the parents of Ernest Hemingway; serial kille... read more

Forest Park, Illinois is home to four major cemeteries and has been the final resting place for both the famous and not-so-famous since the early 1870s. The village was once recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for its ratio of over thirty dead to every live resident. Notable permanent residents of Forest Park's hallowed grounds include the parents of Ernest Hemingway; serial kille... read more

Encyclopedia of the American West

A comprehensive, fully illustrated encyclopedia of the American West encompasses topics ranging from notorious outlaws to the roles of ethnic groups in the West, enhanced by rare photographs, period engravings, and maps.

A comprehensive, fully illustrated encyclopedia of the American West encompasses topics ranging from notorious outlaws to the roles of ethnic groups in the West, enhanced by rare photographs, period engravings, and maps.

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