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Ingrid Ricks is the author of Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story, a New York Times memoir bestseller that was recently acquired by Berkley, a division of Penguin Random House. The book is scheduled for nationwide paperback release January 2014. She is also the author of Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. She is currently working on a memoir about her yearlong quest to heal her eyesight, and is blogging about her journey at www.determinedtosee.com
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    Write Your First Chapter Course Kicks Off via Zoom September 27th

    Posted on September 14, 2020 by in Featured

    If you have a memoir you need to write, check out my Hugo House course that starts September 27. In this intensive five-week course, I’ll teach you how to structure and outline your memoir and then develop your first chapter in a way that grabs readers and lays the foundation for your book. I’ll also help […]

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  • How to Pull Yourself Up When Life Throws You Down

    Posted on December 13, 2019 by in Featured

    This vision loss thing has knocked me down hard plenty of times over the past year. And I know I’m not alone when it comes to the pain of this and other knock-out blows that life occasionally delivers. The only real question is how to get back on our feet once we regain consciousness and […]

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  • How Do You Define Disability?

    Posted on December 6, 2019 by in Featured

    I never gave much thought to the word Disability until I was slapped with that label and told to expect widespread stigma and social isolation. That’s when I understood just how messed up these ingrained prejudices and assumptions are when it comes to people dealing with a challenge that has been shoved under the disabilities […]

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    What If Fear Didn’t Matter?

    Posted on October 8, 2019 by in Featured

    I’ve started thinking of fear as a malaria-carrying mosquito in Africa. They are tiny and lethal and impossible to escape. And as far as I can tell, there are only three real ways to deal with them. We  can freak out and launch a frantic attack on any mosquito we encounter — which is exhausting […]

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  • It Starts With Self-Love

    Posted on September 26, 2019 by in Featured

    I’ve been mean to myself before. But I didn’t realize just how self-bullying, belittling and cruel I could be until my eyesight took a nose-dive last year. Suddenly I could no longer see my family’s faces or the world around me. And I hated myself for it. I have always been an optimist and a […]

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    Harnessing Adversity—Before It Harnesses Me

    Posted on June 24, 2019 by in Featured

    The meaning of these words hit me a couple of months ago when I was in the depths of despair over my eyesight challenges. It came after a trip to San Francisco to try out a new technology that I was convinced would help me navigate my neighborhood. Instead, it was a complete bust and […]

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    Monthly Day-Away Memoir Retreats Launch January 26th in Seattle

    Posted on January 10, 2019 by in Featured

    If your New Year’s resolution includes writing your memoir, I’m here to help. I’m launching monthly day-long memoir retreats in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood starting Saturday, January 26th. These comprehensive day-long retreats go from 8:30 AM to 9 PM. They will be held at Sakona at Sunset Hill, the new two-bedroom writing flat my family recently […]

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    What Are You Doing With This Gift Called Life

    Posted on January 3, 2019 by in Featured

    I’ve been pondering this question a lot over the past couple of weeks. Not only because we’ve just emerged from the throws of the season of gift-giving, but because it marks the three-year anniversary of when I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. It’s easy enough to tuck it to the back […]

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