VALLEY HAGGARD

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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.

 
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 Workshops

Skip the Small Talk with Valley Haggard (4/19/19)
65.00

Class Date(s)

Friday, April 19th from 1pm-4pm.

Class Details

Explore the healing process of transforming the raw material of your life into essay, lyric, poetry and  prose.

Whether you're a long time writer, a brand spankin' new writer, or have lost writing and long for its return, Skip the Small Talk mini-marathons will provide you with a compassionate and gentle shove in the write direction. 

These workshops are designed for female identifying writers who want to jump-start their writing process, get real, and go deep.

Skip the small talk, and join me for one or all Friday afternoon workshops this winter + spring!

About the Teacher

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Skip the Small Talk with Valley Haggard (5/17/19)
65.00

Class Date(s)

Friday, May 17th from 1pm-4pm.

Class Details

Explore the healing process of transforming the raw material of your life into essay, lyric, poetry and  prose.

Whether you're a long time writer, a brand spankin' new writer, or have lost writing and long for its return, Skip the Small Talk mini-marathons will provide you with a compassionate and gentle shove in the write direction. 

These workshops are designed for female identifying writers who want to jump-start their writing process, get real, and go deep.

Skip the small talk, and join me for one or all Friday afternoon workshops this winter + spring!

About the Teacher

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Women's Self Care Workshop with Valley Haggard (5/25/19)
125.00

Class Date(s)

Saturday, May 25th from 10am-3pm.

Class Details

Carving out the time and space we need to slow down and listen to our wants, needs, and the voice of our inner wisdom can be challenging at best. In this self-care workshop for women we will pamper ourselves through writing, meditation, divination and Reiki practices designed to free up energy and begin truly loving ourselves. We will create our own mantras and practice simple writing rituals to help center our hearts and our minds, assembling a full tool kit of self-care practices to take back into our busy lives. 

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Series

Life in 10 Minutes with Valley Haggard (Mondays 1:00pm - 3:00pm)
205.00

Class Date(s)

6 Monday Afternoons from 1pm-3pm

4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 & 6/3

Class Details

Writers are thieves--of their own lives. Learn how to tap into your experiences, memories and flashes of insight to jump start that novel, short story, poem, memoir blog or creative journal that's been lurking beneath the surface. In these "writing from life" workshops, we'll explore how to access the right side of the brain, side-step writer's block and get all of our words, thoughts and ideas onto the page, determining the genre only after the essential words have been written. Join me for a 6 week series of reading, writing and sharing work aloud in class, that will result in your own portfolio of raw material, fresh ideas and beginnings that beg for your return. Please bring a journal and pen or pencil as we write by hand. Coffee and tea provided!  

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Life in 10 Minutes with Valley Haggard (Tuesdays 9:30am - 11:30am)
205.00

Class Date(s)

6 Tuesday Mornings from 9:30am-11:30am

4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 & 6/4

Class Details

Writers are thieves--of their own lives. Learn how to tap into your experiences, memories and flashes of insight to jump start that novel, short story, poem, memoir blog or creative journal that's been lurking beneath the surface. In these "writing from life" workshops, we'll explore how to access the right side of the brain, side-step writer's block and get all of our words, thoughts and ideas onto the page, determining the genre only after the essential words have been written. Join me for a 6 week series of reading, writing and sharing work aloud in class, that will result in your own portfolio of raw material, fresh ideas and beginnings that beg for your return. Please bring a journal and pen or pencil as we write by hand. Coffee and tea provided!  

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Life in 10 Minutes with Valley Haggard (Wednesdays 9:30am - 11:30am)
205.00

Class Date(s)

6 Wednesday Mornings from 9:30am-11:30am

5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29 & 6/5

Class Details

Writers are thieves--of their own lives. Learn how to tap into your experiences, memories and flashes of insight to jump start that novel, short story, poem, memoir blog or creative journal that's been lurking beneath the surface. In these "writing from life" workshops, we'll explore how to access the right side of the brain, side-step writer's block and get all of our words, thoughts and ideas onto the page, determining the genre only after the essential words have been written. Join me for a 6 week series of reading, writing and sharing work aloud in class, that will result in your own portfolio of raw material, fresh ideas and beginnings that beg for your return. Please bring a journal and pen or pencil as we write by hand. Coffee and tea provided!  

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Life in 10 Minutes with Valley Haggard (Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am)
205.00

Class Date(s)

6 Thursday Mornings from 9:30am-11:30am

5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 & 6/6

Class Details

Writers are thieves--of their own lives. Learn how to tap into your experiences, memories and flashes of insight to jump start that novel, short story, poem, memoir blog or creative journal that's been lurking beneath the surface. In these "writing from life" workshops, we'll explore how to access the right side of the brain, side-step writer's block and get all of our words, thoughts and ideas onto the page, determining the genre only after the essential words have been written. Join me for a 6 week series of reading, writing and sharing work aloud in class, that will result in your own portfolio of raw material, fresh ideas and beginnings that beg for your return. Please bring a journal and pen or pencil as we write by hand. Coffee and tea provided!  

About the Teacher

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Testimonials

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