Valerie Willman is the author of Smell the Blue Sky: young, pregnant, and widowed, winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion for Top Indie-Published Books. She co-chairs the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers and teaches various workshops on writing, and on grief, such as “Booze and Chocolate Aren’t the Only Ways to Cope: Turning negative emotions into art.” She’s a successful freelance copy writer and editor through her company, Yellow Pen Editing, and is also a certified bereavement facilitator, and licensed massage therapist.
Valerie has served in the United States Army, owns land in Costa Rica, and lives with three big dogs, two kids, and one Turk. She’s walked the length of two marathons—on purpose—and loves olives, chai, and chocolate.

Valerie is available to do Living Room Readings. Invite 6 to 10 of your friends to your home for refreshments and have Valerie read from her memoir, Smell the Blue Sky: young, pregnant and widowed. She can also speak about her writing process, the different types of journaling one can do and how they are effective for different things, or how to approach young widowhood.
She’s also happy to help organize and brainstorm just the right event for you. She often combines readings with other artists and musicians to make a spectacular and memorable event.
You can use the contact form for booking dates.

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