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David Chrisinger's essays and articles published in various print publications as well as websites.

Brett and Whitney Foley on their wedding day.
The War House

The Five Essentials of Storytelling. A Survivor’s (Excerpt) Guide to...

The essentials of storytelling are outlined in this excerpt from Stories Are What Save Us: A Survivor’s Guide to Writing about Trauma (Johns Hopkins University Pr...

Literary Hub Article
Literary Hub

How Many “Types” of Stories Are There? And Can They Save Us?

If you’re interested in writing your story, be mindful that your readers will want to know what you knew at the beginning, what you believed, and how you saw the ...

Stories Are What Save Us
The Wrath-Bearing Tree

New Nonfiction by David Chrisinger: “Stories Are What Save Us: A Sur...

The following is an excerpt from David Chrisinger’s new book, Stories Are What Save Us: A Survivor’s Guide to Writing About Trauma (Johns Hopkins University Pre...

The War House

Fighting to Go Home:
Operation Desert Storm, 30 Years Later

“It almost seems like a very bad dream having been here. Of course there have been some good times, but the bad far outweighs the good."

The War House

The New Cold War That’s Emerging in the Arctic

“We’ve learned that absolute security for the Russians means absolute insecurity for everyone else. That should be totally unacceptable.”

Survivors gather on May 3, 1945, to salute the Allies and to remember people who perished in Dachau.Credit...United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
The New York Times

A Secret Diary Chronicled the ‘Satanic World’ That Was Dachau

For two years, a prisoner in the German concentration camp kept a journal that would later be used to convict those who had persecuted him and killed his fellow pri...