Welcome! I'm Laura Davis.

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

Welcome! I'm Laura Davis.

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

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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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Classes and Retreats

Experience the incredible power of finding your voice and honing your craft in a supportive circle of your peers. Weekly classes in Santa Cruz include writing practice classes and feedback circles. For the past year Laura has been teaching Writing Through the Pandemic. An Online International Writing Class to Document this Extraordinary Time. Click the "classes" button below for more information.

I also run US and international writing retreats. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, these retreats have all been temporarily suspended or are available on a "wait and see" basis, but you can find all of the latest information using the retreats button below.

The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother Daughter Story

"Laura Davis has written a brilliant memoir. The storytelling is compelling, poignant and heartfelt. At times gut-wrenching, at other times hilarious. A 'must read.'"

--Adrienne Drake, MD, Mission Viejo, California

Laura's 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?

Go behind the scenes with Laura and find out what it takes to create a compelling book and get it into the hands of readers.

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

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.

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