Speaking and Media


The Creative Intersection

Before becoming a professional writer and publisher, Amanda worked in the mental healthcare system for over a decade. Through her work with adolescent survivors of trauma, Amanda realized that storytelling could heal the mind. In this talk, Amanda explores exactly how our brains react, connect to, and work in dialogue with storytelling. Being the true tether between us all, stories—about ourselves and about others—are how we relate to one another and make meaning of the world.

Write to Heal

The healing properties of storytelling are infinite, and Amanda has developed a number of proven techniques to help people see themselves and their own stories from a distance, so that they can find purpose in them. Whether she’s speaking to a small group of individuals, university faculty, students, or at a corporate meeting, Amanda’s message is that words matter, and so does how we use them.


The Power of Storytelling

A combination of her smaller talks infused with the inspirational account of her own trials and tribulations, Amanda explores the revelations that storytelling has offered her—revelations that have pulled her out of hopelessness and into creative success. As a self-made entrepreneur, Amanda uses this keynote opportunity to serve as an example and as an advocate for the power of personal introspection through courageous storytelling.

Amanda speaks on the importance of storytelling, helping her audiences understand that their stories matter. She helps inspire writers to pursue becoming professional authors, and she teaches entrepreneurs how to use storytelling to better brand themselves and boost their business. Amanda’s signature talk promotes unity and inclusivity through storytellng—a universal message that’s important to us all. She also speaks at colleges and and writers’ conferences on the process of editing, literary structures, and about the publishing industry.



AMANDA Filippelli is an internationally recognized editor, writer, and book coach, and author of Blue Rooms. She started her career as an associate editor for the Oyez Review in Chicago, and has studied under a number of industry titans. An award-winning writer herself and publishing industry expert, Amanda has done it all from freelance to copy editing to content editing to ghostwriting and book coaching. She now serves as Editor-in-Chief for One Idea Press.

Amanda’s work has also been widely published and featured, including in Barzakh Magazine, TEDxWomenPittsburgh, and WHIRL Magazine. She was the recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40Under40 award, and is the co-founder of Pittsburgh’s first premier writers’ conference, Pitch, Publish, Promote.