Jenny Valentish: Highwire Personal Writing - POSTPONED

Sunday 22 March 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop

This full day workshop commences at 9.00am. It is limited to fifteen participants.

Personal writing, be it book-length memoir, blogging or essay, can be sticky. In this six-hour workshop, Jenny Valentish, journalist and author of Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, trouble-shoots the concerns you may have about making the leap, from protecting yourself to protecting the family (guilty or innocent!), and handling the media and outside interest. 

You’ll need a laptop or notebook, because there will be plenty of exercises to familiarise you with revisiting your younger self, writing prologues and other parts, describing difficult people, putting disclaimers and introductions to good use, finding your themes, identifying your audience, and jogging your memory.

Please bring a favourite memoir with you for analysis, and also a sample of your work for discussion about structure, voice and possibilities. (If you’re feeling shy, or haven’t quite got around to starting yet, we’ll use the favourite memoir that you brought instead.)  

Journalist Jenny Valentish’s third book is Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, which blends research and memoir. It was long-listed for a Walkley Book Award and is now on the recommended reading list for several university courses. Since its publication she has been appointed as a board director of SMART Recovery Australia, an ambassador for Monash University’s BrainPark and a consultant for the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Valentish is the former editor of Triple J’s Jmag and Time Out (Melbourne edition) and regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Age and more. She is currently working on her fourth book, to be published by Black Inc in 2021.