Valerie Ihsan

author, editor, mom, dog lover, adventurer, person

Events: Workshops & More

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Upcoming Events:


All the following classes and discussion groups will meet at:

Willamalane Adult Activity Center

215 West C Street, Springfield, OR

Please register at Willamalane.org


Monthly Writing/Publishing Discussion Group

Meets second Tuesday of each month, February 2019-May 2019

Drop in fee: $5

The Nitty Gritty of Self-Publishing

Wednesday, February 6, 2019; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

$22 (living within Springfield district), $27 (living out of Springfield district)

Author Valerie Ihsan of Willow Bench Books teaches you the ins and outs of how to indie publish your book.

Book Creation

Wednesday, February 27, 2019; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

$22 (within Springfield district), $27 (out of district)

Valerie Ihsan will teach you the best way to create your book. Learn how to create files for your e-book and paperback and how to upload your book files to major retailers like Amazon. Even covers reviews and book launching so you can DIY.


Past workshops/events included:

Plan With Passion: Goal-setting for Writers

From Passable to Polished: How to self-edit your manuscript BEFORE you hire an editor

Talking Shop: How to Start a Critique Group--and keep it going!

Healthy Grieving: When Things Aren't Great

Uncorked: An evening of Memoirs, Music, and Merlot

Booze and Chocolate Aren't the Only Ways to Cope: On turning negative emotions into art

Marketing Basics

How to Write a Novel (or Memoir)

The Nitty-Gritty of Self-Publishing

Defining (Your) Publishing Success


Please contact me via the contact form on this website if you'd like to organize a workshop, class, reading, lit event, or other speaking engagement. Thank you.