Recently, my Advanced Memoir class at StoryStudio Chicago was fortunate enough to host, in person, Lee Strickland for an author Q&A, discussing her essay “Girl, Ruined,” published in The Sun Magazine. Lee is a fellow teacher at StoryStudio and interestingly, she teaches fiction writing.

She is, however, quite articulate about the challenges of writing memoir as she has completed a book length memoir, from which “Girl, Ruined” is an excerpt. In this short excerpt of our conversation, she shares why she really feels she’s always been a memoirist…