EPIC announces branding and publishing speakers

Carol Holding (left) and Ingrid Ricks are the next speakers at EPIC's Monday series.
Carol Pierson Holding (left) and Ingrid Ricks are the next speakers at EPIC’s Monday series.

EPIC Group recently announced speakers for the Monday morning writing group, including brand strategist Carol Pierson Holding, on Jan. 28, and award-winning memoirist Ingrid Ricks, on Feb. 4. The free events are open to the public, although there is limited seating available in the Edmonds Library conference room. EPIC Group meets on Mondays at 10 a.m., with speakers starting at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the EPIC Group website.

 “Brand Strategy for Writers,” with Carol Pierson Holding on Jan. 28

Brand Strategy expert Carol Pierson Holding visits with EPIC at the Edmonds Library on Monday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., to talk about developing your brand as a writer. Applying tools she developed for some of the world’s best-known brands to the work of writers, Carol will speak about what you can do to get your name and work out in the world.

Holding writes on environmental issues and social responsibility for “Huffington Post,” and has contributed to the “Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations,” “Harvard Business Review,” “San Francisco Chronicle,” and major websites. Until 2010, she was a branding thought leader focused on the intersection of brand and social responsibility. Carol’s fiction appeared under the name Carol G. Pierson in “Stratus,” “Journal of Arts and Writing,” and she is currently working on a novel, “Swimming the Mississippi.” She holds degrees from Smith College and Harvard University.

“Navigating the New Publishing World,” with Ingrid Ricks on Feb. 4

Publishing and marketing strategist Ingrid Ricks visits with EPIC at the Edmonds Library on Monday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., to talk about navigating the new publishing world. Ricks is a Seattle-based journalist, author, marketing consultant and teen mentor who leverages the new world of digital publishing to give at-risk teens a voice. Using her award-winning debut memoir, “Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story,” as a teaching guide, she recently teamed with Scriber Lake English Teacher Marjie Bowker to launch WeAreAbsolutelyNotOkay.org, a nationally-recognized mentoring and publishing program that helps at-risk teens find their voice by writing and publishing their personal stories.

Ricks’s essays and stories have been published in “Salon,” “Ladies’ Home Journal,” “The Advocate,” and other publications. She writes emotionally-charged memoirs with vivid scenes and compelling story lines that are often mistaken for fiction. In addition to “Hippie Boy,” she is the author of “Focus,” a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, and a memoir story collection, “A Little Book of Mormon (and Not So Mormon) Stories.”  For more information, visit her website.

EPIC Group’s mission is to support those who create, communicate and connect through cultural and artistic endeavors, especially the literary arts. EPIC Group is based in Edmonds, and is a State of WA nonprofit corporation. More information can be found on the EPIC Group website.




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