Writing the Investigative Memoir: Lessons Learned from the Writers Who Dunnit

Room 447-448, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Memoirs are investigative by their very nature, but what about those informed by an actual investigation—with legal documents, experts, witnesses, and the like? Four investigative memoirists will share their insights on blending the art of creative nonfiction and the craft of journalism. How do we handle conflicting stories? Hostile witnesses? The possibility for libel? Practical tips and advice will be provided.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_23_Writing_the_Investigative_Memoir_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_23_Writing_the_Investigative_Memoir_Further_Reading.pdf



Steph Liberatore's essays have appeared in River Teeth, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Cream City Review, Inside Higher Ed, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at George Mason University, reads creative nonfiction for Porcupine Lit, and is working on her first book, Salvage: A Memoir.

Kazim Ali is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction writer. His most recent books are The Voice of Sheila Chandra (poems), and a nonfiction book Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. He is a professor in the literature department at the University of California, San Diego.

Rose Andersen is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her memoir, The Heart and Other Monsters, is now available from Bloomsbury. She is published in The Cut, Glamour, The California Sunday, Lit Hub, and Crime Reads among others.

Margaret Juhae Lee is an Oakland-based writer and a former assistant literary editor at The Nation. She is represented by Ayla Zuraw-Friedland at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency. Her book, Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History, is currently on submission.

Claudia Rowe turned her journalist's quest to understand a serial killer into an exploration of her own demons in The Spider and the Fly. It won the Washington State Book Award for memoir in 2018. Her current work-in-progress tackles the link between foster care and the criminal justice system.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center