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Ingrid Ricks is a New York Times bestselling memoir author, ghostwriter, 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 and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. She is currently teaming with Canadian Lottery Winner Randy Rush on his compelling memoir.

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. In addition to offering her Healing Through Personal Narrative workshops through Summer Institutes, School’s Out Washington, Hugo House and other organizations, she has helped more than a thousand students of every age find healing and empowerment by writing the deeply personal stories they need to tell. She has also produced seven teen anthologies including Dear Mr. President: Teen Voices From Across the Country, a powerful collection of letters, essays and poems that capture the fears, hopes and dreams of youth who were too young to vote in the most recent presidential election.

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