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Ingrid Ricks is a New York Times bestselling memoir author, book coach and inspirational speaker. 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 2,000 students of every age find healing and empowerment by writing the deeply personal stories they need to tell, and has produced seven 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 and high schools.  In 2017, she served as the writer in residence for Young Artists Institute at Southern Oregon University.

She has delivered keynote addresses to business leaders, educators, social workers and youth on topics ranging from harnessing adversity to unleashing the power of personal narrative.

Ingrid lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters.