In November, writing editor and coach Valerie Ihsan taught a cozy memoir writing class at Workcrafters where folks worked on story structure, character arc, and theme development.
“It was a pleasure teaching at Wordcrafters,” Valerie says. “Students asked interesting questions and we did three short exercises: listing top pivotal moments in our lives, writing a six-word memoir based on one of the pivotal moments, and coming up with story hypothesis statements for our memoirs-in-progress.”
The class atmosphere was relaxed and inviting.
Several folks shared their memoir’s core messages, which the class workshopped together.
With the teaching prowess of Valerie Ihsan, each participant was able to dive deep to uncover the central theme of their story. Or even if they already knew the direction they wanted to take, they learned to look at their story from new perspectives–always good sources of future inspiration for development.
Memoir writing can be a daunting process, especially for those just starting their story, but the journey is made infinitely easier when accompanied by peers who are in the same boat as you are.
Valerie Ihsan’s class provided the wind for everyone’s sails, whether they were at the beginning of their writing voyage, or somewhere in the middle!
Upcoming classes you might enjoy
Tuesdays 9:15-11:45 am | Get the butt in chair time you need to get your writing done.
Thurs Feb 29 | Learn to leave your readers laughing in our February Write Club for Grown Ups with Sarina Dorie.
March 7 | Join multi-genre author, chef, and Registered Nurse, Mia Bowman for Reading Like A Writer–The BIG Read Edition– at Wordcrafters in Eugene!
March 11 | Learn to craft stories and narratives for games in this game writing class with Rosiee Thor
Thurs March 28 | Learn to pen captivating songs in our March Write Club for Grown Ups with m5Vibe
Starts April 3 | Make this Poetry Month really special with community arts walks and poetry writing with former poet laureate, Erica Goss!