Every year, you vow that this will be the year you finish your novel/screenplay/memoir. And every year, life gets in the way. Start 2019 off with a healthy dose of inspiration and practical strategies for protecting and nurturing your writing life. Learn how to write without judgment or intimidation, and how to take care of your creative self.

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00; meet & greet 6:00-6:45; program starts at 6:45)

Location: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

Price: $12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)

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SPEAKERS

Mark Cheatham

Mark Cheatham

Marc Cheatham is a freelance writer and photographer. In 2011, he launched The Cheats Movement blog, a platform that celebrates the Richmond region as a hub for music, art, culture, and diversity. The Cheats Movement Blog has been voted one of the best blogs in Richmond, and Marc has become one of the leading voices for Richmond’s hip-hop community. Professionally, Marc serves as Director of Constituent Services and Casework for Senator Tim Kaine. He is married to Aria Cheatham, and together they have a four-year-old son named Cameron.

 

Valley Haggard

Valley Haggard

Valley Haggard is a writer, teacher, mother, coffee drinker, and the founder of Life in 10 Minutes journal, podcast, and press. She co-edited Nine Lives: a Life in 10 Minutes Anthology and wrote The Halfway House for Writers and Surrender Your Weapons: Writing to Heal and feels like each class she teaches turns into a stunning work of performance art. You can find her writing and writing from people around the world at lifein10minutes.com.

 

Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland is the deputy director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. She also writes essays and fiction and is earning her MFA in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Broad Street, R-Home magazine and several other publications. Her novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, is currently out on submission.

 

MODERATOR

Kristen Green

Kristen Green

Kristen Green is a longtime journalist and the author of Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County, a New York Times bestseller. Kristen is currently serving as writer-in-residence at the Library of Virginia.