Irwin Berent, editor of the StoryCraft Software, is an internationally published wordsmith who has co-authored with Dr. Rod Evans several books, including The Right Words
(Warner Books, 1992), Getting Your Words’ Worth
(Warner Books, 1993), Weird Words
(Berkley Publishing Group, 1995), More Weird Words
(Berkley, 1995), and A Dictionary of Highly Unusual Words
(Berkley, 1997), as well as The Quotable Conservative
(with Introduction by William F. Buckley; Adams Publishing Co., 1996) and The ABC Of Cat Trivia
(with Introduction by Betty White; St. Martin’s Press, 1996).
Listed regularly in Who’s Who in America
(since 1999), he has co-authored and co-compiled scholarly works (published by Open Court Publishing Company) that have included introductions and forewords by such luminaries as Isaac Asimov, Steve Allen, Hugh Downs, and Linus Pauling.
Holding a Master’s degree in American History, he is also the author of the biographical directory of the crew of the Civil War ironclad U.S.S. Monitor and of Norfolk, Virginia: A Jewish History of the 20th Century
as well as a forthcoming reference-opus gazetteer/atlas/history of the city of Norfolk.
Mr. Berent also manages both Writers SuperCenter
) and StudioNotes
screenplay- and novel-critiqueing service, and co-manages with Steve Berent the Starmemoirs
Mr. Berent also has a website, NorfolkHistory.com
, which features The History of Norfolk, Virginia: An Encyclopedia of Norfolk History, Geography, Neighborhoods, Railroads, Roads, Creeks, Cemeteries, Parks, and More
(Volume I., Norfolk, Virginia: Evolution of a City In Maps
is currently available), and a website, YourCodeofEthics.com
, which features a large collection of codes of ethics, including an ongoing project to develop creativity codes such as “The Declaration of the Positive Writer”
). He is also the creator of the Plain Writing Association
, which heralded the Plain Writing Act of 2010.