I’m a wife to a pastor, mother of 4, and have a PhD in literature.

I ground good storytelling in the best story I know, the gospel of Jesus.

I speak on storytelling, the soul of the suburbs, empathy, and spiritual practices.

Ashley Hales Speaking

My interests are eclectic and range from books, travel writing, finding beauty in the mundane, and how to stay sane in the peanut butter and jelly years. I love to grapple with big thoughts and cultural trends and make them accessible to an audience.

I’m an academic with a penchant for poetry and, after four babies, I’ve got my feet firmly in the real world. When I speak to your group, you can expect depth without dryness, good questions, and something to take home to ponder. I’d love to bring my knowledge, heart, and humor to your group.


Some of my favorite speaking topics include:

*Living Well in the Land of Desire
(Offered as a one-time talk, or smaller sessions on consumerism, individualism, and affluence; if a Christian audience, I share about how our faith impacts how and where we live, particularly the suburbs).

*The Power of Story and How to Tell Yours
(Offered as a one-time talk, or a series of talks or small group workshops. Perfect for writers or those who want to articulate their story to understand themselves and others better).

*What we Need Now: The Power and Practice of Empathy
(Combines my academic research, my reading, and application to your context, such as parenting, church, or corporation. Offered as a one-time talk and applicable to large groups or small group workshops).

*Gospel Vulnerability & Motherhood
(How the good news helps us to create community and chase beauty in the life of motherhood. One-time talk).

*Other Services: I also offer one-on-one writing coaching online and locally, for every age and level. Contact me via the contact form if you’re interested.



I’m available to speak for your large or small group, college ministry, or women’s ministry. You can expect thoughtfulness, depth, and warm authenticity when you book me for your next event.


Sample of Upcoming Speaking Engagements: 

New Life Escondido (Escondido, CA): Living Well in the Land of Desire — Women’s Ministry Event

Providence Christian College (Pasadena, CA) — Chapel

Local MOPS events booked


Next steps: Send me an email to let me know more about your event and how I can help. 

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