Laura Davis

Written by Jessica Johnson

Photo credit: Jason Ritchey

Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to HealThe Courage to Heal WorkbookBecoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We‘d Never Speak Again. Her books have been translated into 11 languages and sold more than 1.8 million copies. Davis is one of the most well-known writers in Santa Cruz and is known for her work helping people heal from trauma and for teaching them how to use writing as a tool for transformation.

Because of her soul-baring and encouraging work Santa Cruz Socialites is proud to honor Laura Davis as our Woman of the Week!

Born in New Jersey, Davis moved to Santa Cruz in her 20s after living in an ashram in Texas for several years and eventually “wandering from place to place and never feeling at home.” Like many before – and after – her, Santa Cruz lured her in. “There is a lot of freedom here,” she said. “Santa Cruz encourages the arts, creative people, and those who live a non-traditional lifestyle.”

Clearly, Davis has had enormous success as a writer. However, she has established herself as a gifted teacher of the craft as well. She offers highly regarded classes, workshops, and retreats for writers from around the world in locations near and far. Some of her retreat locations include Taos, New Mexico; Carmel Valley and Massachusetts. She also leads international writing adventures in places like Bali and Peru.

Laura’s writing classes are extremely popular and have earned a reputation as supportive, safe spaces for new and established writers. Davis offers weekly writing classes, weekly feedback groups, and one-day writing practice classes through Cabrillo College Extension. These groups are designed to help people connect with their own stories as well as with fellow writers and Davis welcomes all level of writers – from beginner to veteran.

Through her own experiences, both as a writer and a teacher, Davis has seen first-hand the transformative power of writing. “There is something powerful in sharing your stories in a safe and confidential circle,” she said. “You are heard in a very deep and meaningful way.”

So, whether you are interested in exploring your personal story through writing, or you are mid-way through penning your third book, Laura Davis has something for everyone and is more than happy to help her students find their voices and uncover their stories.

For her dedication to the power of the written word and for consistently holding a safe place for women to write their way to self-discovery, please join me in celebrating our Woman of the Week – Laura Davis!

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Thank you to our fabulous blogger: Jessica Johnson of Vinegar and Vanilla.

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