About Crystal King

An accomplished writer, creativity expert and social media professional, Crystal King inspires readers and writers through her workshops and keynotes. Thousands of individuals have benefitted from Crystal’s unique view of the ancient Roman culinary world, the challenges of writing fiction and promoting one’s work through social media.

Since earning her undergraduate degree at Whitworth University and her graduate degree in Critical & Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, Crystal has become a bestselling author, and a professor teaching classes in writing, creativity and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art, UMass Boston and GrubStreet, one of the leading creative writing centers in the US. 

Crystal honed her career in PR and marketing at firms such as Bowne, Nexaweb and Sybase and Pegasystems, but turned her focus to social media, building programs from the ground up for companies like CA Technologies and Keurig. She is now a social media professor for the renowned marketing company, HubSpot. 

Her love of writing and social media led her to develop courses for authors in how to build their personal promotion platforms. Her experience as a creativity expert and as a writer has also enabled her to also create inspiring content for writers in the midst of writing their stories.

Along the way she edited an online literary magazine, The Plum Ruby Review, was chosen as a member of The Debutante Ball, a blog that celebrates the debut author, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poetry. She is also a monthly contributor to the GrubStreet Grub Writes blog.

Her debut novel, FEAST OF SORROW, is about Marcus Gavius Apicius, the man whose name is on the world’s oldest known cookbook. It was published by Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster in April 2017. FEAST OF SORROW was recently long-listed for the prestigious Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.Her work is represented by Amaryah Orenstein at GO Literary.

Crystal has been recently been featured in the Washington Post, NPR, Boston Globe, New England Cable News, The Historical Novel Society, epicurious, Milk Street Radio, WBZ Radio, Off The Shelf, History Author Show and Huffington Post.

Crystal King grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now calls Boston home.

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Crystal is one of the best teachers and lecturers with whom I've had the chance to work. She weaves story and history into easily accessible bits of information, leaving the attendee with a wealth of knowledge they didn't have before.

Anjali Mitter-Duva Author, Faint Promise of Rain

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