Memoir Author Ingrid Ricks first discovered the healing power of personal narrative when she wrote her coming of age memoir, Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story. But it wasn’t until she began helping high school students write and publish the deeply personal stories they needed to tell that she uncovered it’s ability to foster the awareness, understanding and empathy that is so crucial in today’s divisive world.
In her unity-building talk, Ricks delves into the life-changing power of personal storytelling — drawing from her own healing and empowerment journey as well as those of the thousands of students she has helped. Then she helps audiences tap into the healing power of personal storytelling themselves by drilling down on the deeply personal stories they need to share. She also offers an optional Healing Through Writing Workshop that teaches participants three effective story structure models and six narrative writing techniques guaranteed to bring their personal stories to life.