Often the lens through which the author recreates his or her life can be too narrow. It is possible, even often advisable, to be able to switch point of views in memoir. When the author is the vessel of family secrets, or differing narratives that have been offered by other family members or friends, a point of view shift can open up the scope of the memoir, and offer a more balanced and equable view of the story. We will discuss how this works, and when it works best, in several well-known published memoirs. Discussions and questions are highly welcome.
(NOTE: The cancelled “Writing Personal Narrative? Drop That Facebook Face!” previously occupied this time slot.)