Writing Your Resilience Episode 4: Writing to Heal with Laura Davis

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About Writing to Heal with Laura Davis

Laura Davis joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to discuss the healing power of writing, the difference between writing to heal and writing for a public audience, and  the challenges she faced while writing her memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars.





Show Notes for Writing to Heal with Laura Davis

Laura Davis joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to discuss the healing power of writing, the difference between writing to heal and writing for a public audience, and  the challenges she faced while writing her memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars.

Here are a few questions to ponder as you listen to this episode: What role has writing played in your life? If you have been writing for a while, which piece has healed you the most? Have you ever received feedback that something should be taken out of a piece of writing only to have a burning desire to keep it around? How do you know if a piece of writing is really ready to be published?

Laura Davis is the author of The Burning Light of Two Stars, The Courage to Heal, and five other groundbreaking books. In addition to writing books that inspire, the work of Laura’s heart is to teach. For more than twenty-five years, she’s helped people find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft. Laura has been published in Publisher’s Weekly, Writer’s Digest, CrimeReads, Brevity, and The New York Times, featured in Los Angeles Review of Books, and on QWERTY, Write-Minded, The Only One in the Room, and dozens of other podcasts. She’s a featured speaker for The National Association of Memoir Writers and a popular teacher at The San Miguel Writers’ Conference and at Esalen in Big Sur. Learn about her workshops, classes and international retreats, and read the first five chapters of her memoir at www.lauradavis.net.

Episode Highlights

  • 8:25 Dealing with the emotional rigors of memoir writing
  • 12:45: Writing to heal 
  • 21:00 Writing for yourself versus an audience
  • 34:45 Beginning your book 
  • 46:50 Structuring your book and including primary sources 

Connect with Laura Davis:

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Connect with your host, Lisa:

Sign up for Find the Memoir Structure that Works for You: https://janefriedman.com/find-the-memoir-structure-that-works-for-you-with-lisa-cooper-ellison/

Produced by Espresso Podcast Production: https://www.espressopodcastproduction.com



About Your Host


Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, and trauma-informed writing coach with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art, and currently teaches courses in memoir, the psychology of writing, and the book proposal. Her essays have appeared in Huffington PostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. 


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