Welcome! I'm Laura Davis.

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

For more than 25 years, I've helped people find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft. I love creating supportive, intimate writing communities online, in person, and internationally.

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Featured Retreat

Building Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty:
A Weeklong Writing Retreat

Tuesday, October 29 - Monday, November 4, 2024
Commonweal, Bolinas, CA

In the week leading up to the presidential election, wouldn’t you like to step away from the incessant drone of news to spend a week in natural splendor, resting in the embrace of sacred community? This seven-day retreat, featuring writing, guided meditation, and ceremony, at a gorgeous center perched on the wild Pacific coast, will strengthen your resilience, deepen your capacity for self-care, and revitalize your creativity, qualities necessary to live and thrive in uncertain times. Just as a single flame can light up a darkened room, this retreat will transform your perspective, renew your strength, and grow the inner resources needed to face the future—whatever it may be.

Classes and Retreats

Experience the incredible power of finding your voice and honing your craft in a supportive circle of your peers. My fall classes are registering now. 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.

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LAURA'S AWARD-WINNING MEMOIR:

The Burning Light of Two Stars

A Mother-Daughter Story

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.

Writer's Journey Roadmap - Writing Prompts

The Writer's Journey Roadmap: Receive the gift of weekly inspiration. Powerful, provocative, motivating writing prompts in your inbox every Tuesday.

Upcoming Events with Laura Davis

The Healing Heart: A Writer’s Journey of Renewal for Body, Mind, and Spirit of Bali

Wednesday, June 5 - Wednesday, June 19, 2024

SOLD OUT! To join the waitlist, click here.

If you’re longing for a restorative creative journey to one of the most beautiful, welcoming, deeply spiritual places on earth, join master writing teacher Laura Davis, high priest Made Surya, Bali scholar Judy Slattum, and a supportive community of fellow writers for a deep dive into the healing arts of Bali.

It is impossible to visit this enchanting island without being aware of the devotion the Balinese show every day in the practice of their religion. Our exploration into Balinese healing arts will include the history of traditional herbal medicine, the art of making temple offerings, and the importance of purification ceremonies. This retreat also includes daily writing workshops, providing participants with the perfect opportunity to record their experiences and integrate their learning while benefiting from the transformative power of a safe, intimate writing circle.

The Healing Heart: A Writer’s Journey of Renewal for Body, Mind, and Spirit of Bali

Saturday, June 22 - Saturday, July 6, 2024

SOLD OUT! To join the waitlist for the retreat, click here.

If you’re longing for a restorative creative journey to one of the most beautiful, welcoming, deeply spiritual places on earth, join master writing teacher Laura Davis, high priest Made Surya, Bali scholar Judy Slattum, and a supportive community of fellow writers for a deep dive into the healing arts of Bali.

It is impossible to visit this enchanting island without being aware of the devotion the Balinese show every day in the practice of their religion. Our exploration into Balinese healing arts will include the history of traditional herbal medicine, the art of making temple offerings, and the importance of purification ceremonies. This retreats also includes daily writing workshops, providing participants with the perfect opportunity to record their experiences and integrate their learning while benefiting from the transformative power of a safe, intimate writing circle.

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

Sunday, September 1 - Monday, September 16, 2024

SOLD OUT! To join the waitlist for the retreat, click here.

Hiking the Camino was on Laura's bucket list for years—and maybe it's on yours. She loved the Camino so much in 2023 that she's decided to go back. This famous pilgrimage trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has attracted people from all over the world for more than 1,000 years. Our 16-day trip will combine eight days hiking the last 100 km of the French Camino de Santiago with six 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 lead hiking guide, Brenda, to teach quick sketching and watercolor techniques, helping you experience and reflect on your journey. Beginners in both disciplines are welcome. After 16 days in Spain, immersed in beauty and an intimate traveling community, you'll return home with a personal journal documenting your journey.

Building Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty:
A Weeklong Writing Retreat

Tuesday, October 29 - Monday, November 4, 2024
Commonweal, Bolinas, CA

In the week leading up to the presidential election, wouldn’t you like to step away from the incessant drone of news to spend a week in natural splendor, resting in the embrace of sacred community? This seven-day retreat, featuring writing, guided meditation, and ceremony, at a gorgeous center perched on the wild Pacific coast, will strengthen your resilience, deepen your capacity for self-care, and revitalize your creativity, qualities necessary to live and thrive in uncertain times. Just as a single flame can light up a darkened room, this retreat will transform your perspective, renew your strength, and grow the inner resources needed to face the future—whatever it may be.

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