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Eric Bergeson, Nonfiction and Memoir

Eric Bergeson

Eric Bergeson is a writer, speaker, and the former owner of Bergeson Nursery near Fertile, MN. He has published eight books. Four are collections of essays that originally appeared as columns in approximately twenty newspapers across northwest Minnesota. Pirates on the Prairie is a history of the legendary 1952 Halstad, MN basketball team. The book was dubbed “a Minnesota cultural and historic treasure” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A Treasury of Old Souls is a memoir of friendships Eric enjoyed with older people during his youth. Two books on gardening – Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie and Let’s Grow on the Northern Prairie – have become popular guides for gardeners in the far north. 

Eric has been a popular speaker and storyteller for a wide array of events in our region. He enjoys playing piano and following the Twins, and still helps out at the nursery during the spring season. Learn more about Eric at




Make Your Memoir Memorable
It is one thing to write down your memories. It is another to craft your memories into a compelling story. Eric shares his experiences, including the time a professional editor cut a completed memoir from 70,000 words to 30,000.

Writing Nonfiction: Flair vs. Facts
What do you do when research reveals that a great story, verified by multiple credible sources, is actually false? What do you do when you run across a great story that just doesn’t fit? How do you write on a topic about which you know more than is needed?

Market Your Book
It is not all about social media, although nowadays social media is essential. Most important: You must develop a relationship with your audience, be it in person or over the internet.