In November members of the Ankeny Writers Workshop has a great morning with author Miyoko Hikiji, whose memoir All Is Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior is a great read and a poignant, personal story of life in the desert battlefield of Iraq. If you’re looking memoir for enjoyment or as a model to assist your own craft, Miyoko’s book would be a good choice. We started our conversation with prompts: 1) What are you excited to write about? 2) What are you afraid to write about? 3) How does the act of writing make you feel? 4) Do you “identify” yourself as a “writer’? Without requiring anyone to reveal uncomfortable private thoughts, our conversation became quite lively!! We responded to a “slam” poem by Buddy Wakefield, a new experience for some in our group. And used pictures (some from Miyoko’s album) of war as prompts for thought and discussion. Miyoko recommended a TED Talk by Brené Brown as a prompt for thinking deeply about the human condition, the substance for memoir and writing that reaches important truths.