Finding the Core Message Of Your Memoir

Finding the Core Message of your Memoir. Image contains a picture of an apple with a big bite taken out of it, with little figurine excavators inside. On the left is the instructors smiling face inside a circle.

Look beyond the plot to discover the true meaning of your memoir in this workshop with Valerie Ihsan.

Upcoming Session:
Thursday, November 16
6-8 PM

This is a HYBRID event.
The instructor will be in person at:

Wordcrafters Studio
436 Charnelton St. Ste 100
Eugene, OR 97401

$69 (Members Save 10%)
(We also now offer Pay from the Heart Pricing.)

Registration closes November 9.

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Masks are optional. Please stay home if you’re unwell with any upper respiratory illness.

How do you distill the essence of your life and make it meaningful for people who don’t know you?

Theme is more important in memoir than in any other genre–and it’s probably the hardest part of writing a memoir. Memoir is personal. It’s difficult to back away far enough from your own story to clearly see its themes, meaning, and message.

But your memoir needs a compelling takeaway for your reader. It must have a clear core message to have the power to reach folks far outside your circle. Especially if you’re not a celebrity with a huge platform.

In this class, you’ll discover and clarify the thematic core of your memoir and maybe even settle on a working title.

Come prepared to look underneath the plot of your story and find its true meaning.

Praise for Valerie Ihsan

About the Instructor

Valerie Ihsan, Story Analyst and Book Coach, is the author of You Can’t Dance a Lie: A Memoir of Stepping Into My Truth; The Scent of Apple Tea; and Smell the Blue Sky: Young, Pregnant, and Widowed, winner of a B.R.A.G. Medallion for Top Indie-Published Books. She co-chaired the Eugene Chapter of Willamette Writers for over eight years, diagnoses manuscripts as a Certified Three Story Method Editor, and helps authors write memoirs. She podcasts at the Writer Craft Podcast, and lives in Oregon with her husband and three dogs.