The University of Iowa

Sarah Saffian

Sarah Saffian (M.F.A., Columbia) is the author of Ithaka, her memoir of being an adoptee who was found by her birth family. Formerly a professor of journalism at NYU and the New School, and teacher of memoir at Sarah Lawrence, Sarah has written for publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Yoga Journal, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Millay Colony. As a psychotherapist (LCSW, NYU), Sarah counsels individuals and groups, and blends her areas of interest and expertise in Therapeutic Writing, using memoir prompts as a tool for encouraging reflection, processing, and discovery. This is Sarah’s thirteenth summer at the Festival. Please visit:

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 19 to July 24 2020
Sarah Saffian

Crucial rule of thumb for memoirists: Profound and meaningful to you doesn’t automatically mean profound and meaningful to others—it’s not the whole lump of clay of your experience but the sculpture that you create with it that is potentially compelling.