Who is 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 Richmond Magazine 2014 Theresa Pollak Prize, a 2015 Style Weekly Women in the Arts Award and the winner of the 2018 James River Writers’s Emyl Jenkins award. The founder of Richmond Young Writers in 2009, Valley now leads creative nonfiction marathons, workshops and retreats for adults. She is the founder of Life in 10 Minutes, the author of The Halfway House for Writers and Surrender Your Weapons: Writing to Heal, and the co-editor of Nine Lives: a Life in 10 Minutes Anthology. She has a handsome husband, a brilliant son, an addictive personality and a voracious appetite for all things word.

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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.
 

sharing the valley love

 
 

  I: Medusa   Photo by Wolfgang Jasper

I: Medusa

Photo by Wolfgang Jasper


“Valley has a unique way of encouraging writers. Her classes are delightful - there is no homework, no stress, no fear of critique. Valley hones in on the theme, the strengths, the essence of the words that her students write in 10 minute-sessions. This translates to other tasks as well - if we can be brilliant in 10 minutes, imagine what we might do with 15? ”
— CAROL OBROCHTA