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Unleashing the Healing Power of Personal Narrative


Join us - Ingrid Ricks and Joanie Parsons - for a weekend of empowerment and healing as we delve deeper into the story you need to write. This is an entire weekend devoted to you and your story - set in an intimate, soul-nourishing setting complete with amazing people, food, conversation and support.

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 African Children’s Choir Founder Ray Barnett to write his inspiring 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.

She lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. 



5:00 pm: Arrival
6:00 pm: Opening circle
6:30 pm: Happy hour/Dinner
8-9:00 pm: Story status/Intention for weekend


7:00 am: Early stretch
8:00 am: Breakfast
9-10:00 am: Craft session
10-12:00 pm: Writing time/One-on-one
12:00 pm: Lunch
1-5:00 pm: Writing time/One-on-one
5:00 pm: Soul break
6:00 pm: Happy hour
7:00 pm: Dinner
8-9:00 pm: The business of books


7:00 am: Early stretch
8:00 am: Breakfast
9-9:30 am: Writing Discussion
9:30-12:00 pm: Writing time/One-on-one
12-1:00 pm: Lunch
1-3:00 pm: Writing time/One-on-one
3-4:30 pm: Celebration/Sharing
4:30-5:00 pm: Closing circle

Early Bird Price (Until September 16): $897 PER PERSON

Regular Price (After September 16): $1197 PER PERSON

Limited to 7 people.

Call Joanie at 206.601.7796 to reserve your spot!




Earlier Event: August 10
Sobriety, Yoga, Hiking
Later Event: January 15
Half Day Health and Wellness Retreat