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:

*Finding Holy in the Suburbs: How Suburban Geography Forms our Souls
(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).

*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).

*Chasing Beauty and Sustained Attention: Spiritual Practices to Navigate Early Motherhood
(Practical session for mothers about spiritual disciplines without guilt. One-time talk).

*For Those Who Minister: How to Avoid Burnout and Love Others for the Long Haul
(This is a talk specifically geared towards churches and church leaders. Would make a great retreat).

*I also offer one-on-one writing coaching online and locally. 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.

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

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