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Compelling Memoir with Jenny Valentish

Join author, journalist and memoirist Jenny Valentish for a deep dive into all things memoir, from structure and characterisation, to ethics and pitching to publishers.


In this intensive three-hour online workshop Jenny will guide you through the intricacies of writing about real people and how to nail the structure of your memoir writing. Alongside craft exercises and theory Jenny will also help participants understand defamation law in Australia (and how it relates to writing memoir), share examples of disclaimers and right of reply, and show you how to work research into your writing via different methods.


Participants will:

  • Look at the various forms of first-person writing
  • Use different templates to structure your story
  • Learn how great beginning and endings work
  • Write a proposal for a publisher or agent
  • Find your tone of voice


Suitable for emerging writers exploring memoir for the first time and for more experienced writers who want to delve deeper.


About Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish is a Victoria-based journalist who regularly contributes to The Guardian, the ABC and The Age. She was a magazine editor for eight years, first for Triple J’s magazine Jmag, then for Time Out (Melbourne). Now freelance, she also writes books, including two non-fiction titles, the Walkley-nominated Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment and Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why Some of Us Push Our Bodies to Extremes. She teaches feature writing and memoir workshops, and has been a guest teacher for Writers Victoria, Monash University, Collarts, The Monthly and Express Media.


Members $88 / Non-members $140

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Instructions will be emailed to you, please check your spam/junk folders. A recording will be available to registered participants for two weeks after the event.


—Not yet a Writers SA member? Join here for as little as $60!

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!


  • Starts: March 20th, 2023 6:30 PM
  • Finishes: March 20th, 2023 9:30 PM

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Compelling Memoir with Jenny Valentish

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