University of Iowa

Perspective in Your Memoir

Weekend July 13 to July 14 2019

Even before the first draft of a memoir is written―sometimes before the first sentence is written―a wave of doubt can sweep the writer out to sea. “What if,” you gulp, “people disagree with what I write?” It’ll probably happen for one simple reason: Your memoir is written from your perspective. You see, understand, remember and interpret the people, places and events that merge to become your story from your vantage point. Others in your story see it from their vantage points, and these twains will not all meet. We’ll discuss how to approach this. We’ll also use in- and out-of-class writing exercises and assignments to better understand the role of perspective. I ask for a writing sample ahead of time so I’ll be familiar with your style. You may also bring work from home to critique with fellow students. Whether you’re a beginner or well into writing, this class will give you insight and move you forward.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts; provide feedback on writing you bring from home or produce in our weekend.