Life In 10 Minutes Writing Teachers
Valley Haggard has gathered a group of passionate humans who love the written word. Published book authors, professional editors, proof readers, creative writing and English majors, and all avid readers - the classes and workshops offered at Life In 10 Minutes spark minds, hone talent and bring the passion and accessibility of writing into your world.
Valley has a passion for connection, community, and all things word. After founding Richmond Young Writers in 2009 she began teaching creative nonfiction to adults in 2010 in book and coffee shops around Richmond, developing the format for what would become Life in 10 Minutes the very first night of class. She hosts classes, workshops, retreats, and living room tours around Virginia aimed at helping draw out our deepest stories and helping heal the wounded writer within. A former Waffle House waitress, cruise ship stewardess, and book editor, she is passionate about finding the story that lives within every single person she meets.
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Elizabeth is an editor, writer, and writing teacher at Life in 10 Minutes and our sister organization Richmond Young Writers. Elizabeth got her start editing while an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary, where she worked on the nonfiction book New Desires, New Selves (NYU Press). She’s edited for Vanderbilt University Press and freelance clients including journalists, educators, and aspiring novelists and memoirists. Currently, she is a managing editor for Life in 10 Minutes Press.
When not editing, Elizabeth contributes regularly to Richmond magazine, writing on topics ranging from banjo-playing pharmacists to the human microbiome. She has a BA in English from The College of William and Mary and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte.
You can learn more about Elizabeth by visitingelizabethferris.com.
Bird is the executive director of Richmond Young Writers!
After receiving her English degree from the University of Virginia, Bird wrote regular food and art columns for C-ville Weekly and Brick Weekly and taught creative writing courses at the Visual Arts Center and VMFA. Currently finishing her first middle grade fantasy novel, she also offers editorial and copy consultant services.
She loves writing of any kind, but creating secret worlds of her own filled with strange and wonderful (and sometimes horrible) creatures is closest to her heart. Her years as a student at U.Va.'s Young Writers Workshop made a distinct impression, helping her to prioritize creative insight and exploration above all else. That desire - to look deeper and continually sharpen perspective - is what she aims to share with all of her students.
Learn more about Bird here: RichmondYoungWriters.com
Erin is a storyteller, author, mental health advocate, and producer. Her first book If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity will be released in January 2018. Erin is the founder of #IfYouCouldSeeMe: Stories for Change; the creator of the one-woman show It Runs in the Family. She works with individuals and organizations to help them learn to tell their stories; an act she believes has the power to end stigma and create a more just world. She is a recent TEDx presenter, and you can learn more about Erin at www.ifyoucouldseeme.com
Claire offers developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading for a variety of genres. Claire is a proofreader and editor living in Richmond, Virginia. She believes clean and precise language is the way to a reader’s heart, and loves helping authors find a place of ease in their writing. Whether you’re looking to find the right form for an idea or want to polish a finished piece before seeking publication, her detailed editing and guidance will help you produce a piece of writing you are proud of.
Claire holds a BA in English from the College of William and Mary and a MA in Creative Writing from University of California, Davis. You might recognize her from her work on the Chop Suey Books Books anthologies River City Secrets and Nine Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology. For more about Claire online, visit wildorderediting.com.
Susan discovered her creativity when life handed her challenges and she needed a positive way to discover the lessons inherent in them. Since then she has learned to draw, paint, write and, most importantly, play in tandem with her muse. She began her first Visual Journal after a trip to Venice, Italy where she bought the most beautiful leather-bound journal she could imagine - but couldn’t allow herself to use because it was too perfect! She decided to make her own book using that one as a template and lauched herself on a process of making and filling journals ever since. Her favorite prompt when creating is “I wonder what would happen if I...”
Susan is now a full time artist who shows her pastel landscapes and oil figure paintings all around the region and internationally. She has a MIS from VCU and teaches many different classes at Crossroads Art Center, the Visual Arts Center, and now, newly at Life in Ten Minutes.
Suzanne is an artist, mother, and minister living an intentional life toward wholeness, kindhearted listening, and compassionate care.
Suzanne is a sensitive and gracious facilitator of the healing arts utilizing guided meditation, visualization, and mindful creative practice as primary tools to engage both the intellect and the human spirit. Suzanne’s soul work - gathering folks - is invitational with a sincere intention that those who gather release burdens and fears of expectations and begin to engage in self care with a table set as a creative banquet.
Suzanne helps open the heart for self healing. She engages people at the depth of her core for the healing energy of the world to manifest. Retreats and gatherings in Suzanne's studio focus on spirituality, mindfulness, and creativity.
Visit her at SuzanneVinson.com
Sadeqa, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with New York Times best-selling authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Award for Best Fiction. She is the author of Second House From the Corner and And Then There Was Me. A native of Philadelphia she has lived in New York City, hips towns in New Jersey, and has recently relocated to Richmond. She teaches her signature writing workshop Pens Up, Fears Down quarterly, is a motivational speaker, wife and mother of three incredibly busy children. For more information please visit www.sadeqajohnson.net.