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Ingrid Ricks is a New York Times bestselling memoir author, book coach, narrative writing consultant and founder of Write It Out Loud, a program that fosters healing and empowerment through personal narrative. Her books include the coming-of-age memoir, Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story, and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa.  She has also ghost written several memoirs.

Along with writing, Ingrid is passionate about social justice issues and about leveraging narrative writing and the new world of publishing to give both teens and adults a voice.  She has helped more than 1,500 students of every age find healing and empowerment by writing their stories, and has produced seven teen anthologies in partnership with high schools in both Utah and Washington.  She has presented her narrative writing workshops through Summer Institutes, Hugo House, Schools Out Washington, and other organizations, as well as numerous middle schools and high schools.  In 2017, she served as the writer in residence for Young Artists Institute at Southern Oregon University.

Ingrid lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. For more information, visit www.writeitoutloud.org.