Writing about Family—and Other Adventures in Memoir Writing


Monday, March 27 – 11:00am – Campus Center 307

Robert Rebein, Matt Daugherty, and JJ Gramlich

Writers of memoir often draw their inspiration—and their characters—from the people who populate the inner-most world of childhood: parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles. These are the people we know best, often the people whose actions, good and bad, have impacted us the most. What are the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about family? What “rules,” if any, apply to this high-stakes game? To whom does the writer owe allegiance—to self, family, the reader? What happens when family members are allowed to read and respond to what we’ve written about them?

Robert Rebein, Chair of English, has taught creative writing at IUPUI since 1998. He is the author of the memoirs Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City (2013) and Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home (forthcoming in 2017).

JJ Gramlich is an English/creative writing and linguistics major from Dallas, Texas.

Matthew Daugherty is a senior creative writing major from Noblesville, Indiana. His writing reflects an attempt at understanding the affects of loss on the individual and on the family. When he grows up, Matt, as he prefers his friends to call him, wishes to travel and catalogue the cryptids of the world.

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