University of Iowa

Mini-Memoirs for Podcast, Radio, and Reading Aloud

Weeklong June 17 to June 22 2018

To write a mini-memoir is to create a moment in time. During this week you will generate a series of short pieces that stand alone and/or work collectively. Turning to the work of writers like Patti Smith, Brian Doyle, Beth Ann Fennelly, Sally Mann, and Mary Karr, we will examine how limitation can be liberating, why form is crucial, and what it means to unleash an arresting voice for a listening—as well as a reading—audience. By the end of the week you will have created your own podcast and a suite of mini-memoirs. Writers at all levels are welcome. Expect to be surprised.