University of Iowa

Scene vs. Reflection in Personal Narrative

Instructor: 
Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

Reflection is the nonfiction writer’s gift to the reader, offering meaning to the car crash, the encounter with a heron, that afternoon flipping burgers. Therefore, it’s crucial to know when to let a scene do the work—letting the reader live in a specific moment—and when to pull back into exposition, summary, and meaning-making. Bring a rough chapter or draft of an essay, and we will generate new scenes for your memoir or essay, then weave them with reflection. All levels welcome.

Memoir
Essay