The Art of Memoir, featuring Rebecca Carroll and Jeannine Ouellette

Aug 28, 2023

Jeannine Ouellette and Rebecca Carroll

Two of our favorite memoir episodes from last year revisited, with guests whose memoirs showcase exceptional craft—so much so that they’ll be teaching a fall memoir course with Brooke that starts next month. We’re revisiting these two authors whose memoirs have so much to teach writers about good writing, storytelling, and creating an experience that has real staying power. Tune in or relisten—and we’re back next week with fresh episodes and a brand-new season.


Rebecca Carroll is a writer, cultural critic, and podcast host, as well as the creator and curator of the live event and audio series, In Love & Struggle. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Essence, Glamour, and The Guardian. She’s the author of several interview-based books about race in America, and of the recent, critically-acclaimed memoir, Surviving the White Gaze.

Jeannine Ouellette’s memoir, The Part That Burns, was a 2021 Kirkus Best Indie Book and a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award in Women’s Literature. Her essays and fiction appear widely in literary journals including Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative, Masters Review, North American Review, Calyx, and more, as well as in her Substack, Writing in the Dark, where readers can find the article referenced in the interview. She teaches writing at the University of Minnesota and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and Elephant Rock, a creative writing program she founded in 2012.

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