About Valley

Valley Haggard has written in short and long form all her life. She is a big fan of the postcard, the 6-word memoir and drawers full of unfinished manuscripts. She has slept in tents, hostels, motels, couches, tool sheds, log cabins, bunk beds and ship bowels for short periods of time and the house she grew up in for much longer than that. She has lived in Virginia, New York, Italy, Colorado, Arkansas, and Alaska, holding jobs as a Waffle House waitress, Dude Ranch Cabin Girl, cruise ship stewardess and hotel maid. She has written book reviews, author interviews and first person columns; judged fiction contests and fellowships and sat on non-profit writing boards. She is the recipient of a 2014 Theresa Pollak Prize and a 2015 Style Weekly Women in the Arts Award. The founder of Richmond Young Writers, she leads creative nonfiction marathons, workshops and retreats for adults. She has a handsome husband, a brilliant son, an addictive personality and a voracious appetite for all things word.

Read, listen and watch, below!

Valley Haggard shares how words have impacted her life and how sharing her love of writing is now impacting the lives of hundreds more Valley Haggard at CreativeMornings Richmond , January 2016. Free events like this one are hosted every month in dozens of cities.

New Chapter: Richmond Young Writers Project Outgrows its First Home, Style Weekly, Nov 2016

 RVANews, Fascinating People 2016! February 2016

Valley Haggard on Writing, Working With Kids on Writing and Life in 10 Minutes, Huffington Post, December 2015

Truth Teller Spotlight, Broad Street Magazine, November 2015. 

2 PPL Podcast, an interview, July 2015

Caring for Myself as a Parent and a Person, Nurture,  May 2015.

Writing Flashes, Style Weekly, February 2015.

The Path of Exploration, Richmond Magazine, September 2014.

A Room Of Their Own, Richmond Magazine, July 2014


For more information or to register for  Life in 10 Minutes Creative Nonfiction classes for adults, visit the workshops page. 

For more information or to register for Richmond Young Writers' classes for children ages 9-17, visit Richmond Young Writers.