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LAURA'S AWARD-WINNING MEMOIR:

The Burning Light of Two Stars

A Mother-Daughter Story

The eBook Is Back on Amazon's Bestseller List & Now at a Special Holiday Rate!

This riveting memoir by The Courage to Heal author Laura Davis examines the endurance of mother-daughter love, how memory protects and betrays us, and the determination it takes to fulfill a promise when ghosts from the past come knocking.

Welcome! I'm Laura Davis.

I write books that change people's lives and help people tell stories that matter.

I am the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. My groundbreaking books have been translated into 11 languages and sold more than 1.8 million copies. In addition to writing books that inspire and change people's lives, the work of my heart is to teach. For more than twenty years, I've helped my students find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft as writers. I love creating supportive, intimate writing communities online, in person, and internationally.

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Featured Retreat: Write, Travel, Transform... and Eat!: Writing, Yoga, and Cultural Exploration in Tuscany

IN-PERSON INTERNATIONAL RETREAT: Tuscany, Italy
Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, June 1, 2023 

Journey to sun-soaked Tuscany for a ten-day retreat at a majestic 15th century estate seated on the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. Located just 45 minutes away from Florence, the Villa I Bonsi is a vineyard and olive farm ideal for relaxing and exploring the cultural wonders of a region celebrated for its history and food. Writing and yoga will be at the heart of the retreat and will help us bond as a group. This sensually rich vacation includes sumptuous meals, an olive oil tour, truffle hunting, a wine tasting tour at rock and roll icon Sting's villa, an Italian cooking class, and a day trip to Lucca with its well-preserved renaissance walls and cobblestone streets. An optional four-day tour of Florence will provide a unique, intimate experience of this magical city. Spouses and non-writing friends are welcome to join in on the fun.

Consider joining us the adventure of a lifetime.

Look Mom, I Got Published in The New York Times!

This past summer, on a whim, I distilled my soon-to-be-published 89,000-word memoir down to 100 words and submitted it to the Tiny Love Stories column in The New York Times. They said yes to publishing it. My mother, Temme Davis, antagonist and co-star in my forthcoming memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars, did the New York Times crossword every day for more than 50 years until dementia took away her capacity to fill in those little boxes—always in ink. I’m sure she’s looking down from heaven right now, smiling at my 100 words and this wonderful picture of us.

If you don’t subscribe to The New York Times, and a paywall prevents you from accessing the link, you can read my Tiny Love Story, The Daughter She Needed, here.

Classes and Retreats

Experience the incredible power of finding your voice and honing your craft in a supportive circle of your peers. Weekly online classes include include writing practice classes and feedback circles. Click the "classes" button below for more information.

I also run writing retreats online, around the US, and internationally, from daylong and weekend workshops to weeklong retreats on writing through grief and uncertainty, to international travel adventures that combine writing with ecotourism in beautiful places around the world. To learn more, click on the link below.

The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story

"Caregiving an elderly parent, especially against the backdrop of a difficult shared past, can be a bruising spiritual ordeal. We who must travel this territory don’t need any more sentimental narratives about it. What we do need is the healing medicine of truth-telling, and Laura Davis brilliantly and generously gives it to us. I literally could not put this book down."

—Katy Butler, bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well

My riveting new memoir examines the endurance of mother-daughter love, how memory protects and betrays us, and the determination it takes to fulfill a promise when ghosts from the past come knocking.

The Making of a Memoir Blog

Did You Ever Wonder What Goes into Making a Great Memoir?

Let me take you behind the scenes and show you what it takes to create a compelling book and get it into the hands of readers.

As a special bonus, you'll get a sneak peek at some deleted scenes from The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story, like the time I dropped acid with my father…

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Upcoming Events with Laura Davis

Write, Travel, Transform... and Eat!: Writing, Yoga and Cultural Exploration in Tuscany

IN-PERSON INTERNATIONAL RETREAT: Tuscany, Italy
Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, June 1, 2023

Journey to sun-soaked Tuscany for a ten-day retreat at a majestic 15th century estate seated on the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. Located just 45 minutes away from Florence, the Villa I Bonsi is a vineyard and olive farm ideal for relaxing and exploring the cultural wonders of a region celebrated for its history and food. Writing and yoga will be at the heart of the retreat and will help us bond as a group. This sensually rich vacation includes sumptuous meals, an olive oil tour, truffle hunting, a wine tasting tour at rock and roll icon Sting's villa, an Italian cooking class, and a day trip to Lucca with its well-preserved renaissance walls and cobblestone streets. An optional four-day tour of Florence will provide a unique, intimate experience of this magical city. Spouses and non-writing friends are welcome to join in on the fun.

Consider joining us the adventure of a lifetime.

San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival

Monday, February 13 - Friday, February 17, 2023

Learn from expert keynotes and faculty that include contemporary writers, award-winning authors, teachers, agents, and journalists with years of experience in their respective fields. The 2023 Writers’ Conference will be an intimate gathering of writers and those who enjoy literature. You can expect to see big name authors in the ballroom every evening, but during the day workshops will be smaller and more in-depth. Laura will be teaching two writing workshops, talking about writing her memoir during an online panel, and offering individual consultations during the conference.

Online Work Weekend

Friday, January 6 - Sunday, January 8, 2023 - ONE SPOT LEFT
or
Friday, March 3 - Sunday, March 5, 2023

Laura is now offering her popular work weekend in an online format because the in-person ones always sell out right away. You can work with Laura and a group of committed writers from the comfort of your own home, without having to travel, or worry about Covid surges. Same deep focus and support—with the added bonus of getting to develop and practice focused work skills at home.

Stories That Make Us Whole: The Power of Writing in Sacred Community

Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24, 2023

When the world around us is polarized and the future is uncertain, gathering in community, living in our bodies, and expressing the truth is more important than ever.

In this transformative five-day writing workshop, we’ll use ritual and deep writing to connect with our inner voice, discover the healing power of language, and birth powerful true stories onto the page. Evocative prompts, movement, and guided meditation will lead you deeply into the world of language and story. Discover how to “find the story beneath the story,” why writers need to “slow down where it hurts,” and the secret of crafting tales rooted in the immediacy and physicality of the moment.

Write, Travel, Transform: A Creative Pilgrimage on the Camino De Santiago, Spain

Monday, September 11 - Sunday, September 24, 2023

Retreat Full - Join The Wait List

Hiking the Camino has been on Laura's bucket list years—and maybe it's on yours. This famous pilgrimage trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has attracted people from all over the world for more than 1,000 years. Our 14 day trip will combine eight days hiking the last 100 km of the French Camino de Santiago with four days focused on creative expression. At the beginning, middle, and end of our trip, non-hiking days will be set aside for Laura to teach writing and our guide, Brenda, to teach quick sketching and watercolor techniques, helping to experience and reflect on your journey. Beginners in both disciplines are welcome. After 14 days in Spain, immersed in beauty and an intimate traveling community, you'll return home with a personal journal documenting your journey.

Subscribe to my mailing list and I will immediately give you a beautiful eBook: Writing Toward Courage: A Thirty Day Practice

A Gift to Inspire Your Writing

Subscribe to my mailing list and I will immediately give you a beautiful eBook: Writing Toward Courage: A Thirty Day Practice.

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