About

DAVID BELIEVES EVERYONE HAS A STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD

David
Chrisinger

David Chrisinger is currently writing a book about famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle for Penguin Press titled The Unhappy Warrior: Ernie Pyle and the Second World War due out in 2022.

In Fall 2021, Johns Hopkins University Press will publish David’s Stories Are What Save Us: A Survivor’s Guide to Writing About Trauma. Part writer’s guidebook, part memoir, and part teacher’s handbook, this profoundly moving and compelling book weaves together David’s journey as a writer, editor, and teach with a wide range of craft tools and storytelling structures he and his students have used to process trauma and conflicts in their own lives to create beautiful stories of growth and transformation.

David's essays and articles have been published in several outlets, including Collateral, War Literature & the Arts, The University of Chicago Magazine, and Reader's Digest, as well as in several anthologies.

After graduating from University of Chicago with a Master’s degree in social science theory, David wrote and edited public policy reports for the US Government Accountability Office. For nearly a decade he helped turn complex data into relatable narratives. The topics his research and writing covered included public education, retirement security; social policy; and issues related to military veterans’ transitions back into civilian life.

See Me for Who I Am

From 2014-2017, David taught the first-of-its-kind writing seminar for student veterans at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 2017, he wrote an instructor’s manual for his class that is now available for adoption by every campus in the University of Wisconsin system. David also edited a collection of his student’s essays, titled See Me for Who I Am, that is helping to bridge the cultural gap dividing his students from those who have never served.

Public Policy Writing That Matters

For six years, David also taught public policy writing in the Master of Public Policy Program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

In 2017, he wrote Public Policy Writing That Matters, a book for anyone passionate about using writing to create real and lasting change. He is currently working on a second edition of the book, due out in 2021, and he is co-writing Writing About Data with Lauren Brodsky of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government due out in 2023.