author & Mystic

Memoir Courses

Would I, Could I, Should I Write a Memoir?

This 8 Week Overview Course runs regularly in two parts each four weeks long.

It explains – step by step – what it takes to write, and publish, a book your readers will love. Bring all your questions and concerns about memoir writing, publicity and everything else as you consider making a commitment to this goal. Learn from my mistakes. Be as knowledgeable as you can. The publishing world is changing daily.

I offer this course via Zoom, several times a year, with Story Circle, my partnering organization. 

Click through to see current schedule, a full description of the weekly units, and to register. The parts can be taken independent of each other.

Part One covers what is required to produce a quality, finished manuscript.
Part Two concerns the publicity, marketing and distribution of your book.

Ideally, our marketing activities begin when we decide to write our book(s). Each day we can learn more about what will satisfy our readers, as we commit to becoming better writers.

We don’t do much writing during this overview course. But those who decide to continue can join one of our ongoing memoir writing groups. Or work with me one-on-one.

This course originated at my dining room table in 2019 after people started asking me how I’d managed to write an IPPY award winning memoir, The Importance of Paris. The pandemic forced us onto Zoom but we have a good time in our groups.

In 90-minute segments, over a series of consecutive Monday evenings, we cover the entire process. From proper conception through the feats of publication, with a DIY emphasis, I share secrets learned and everything my fellow memoirists have taught me in this interactive course designed to help other authors reach their goals.

Ongoing Memoir Writing Group – sign up for 4 weeks at a time. Contact me for details. 

Coaching Services & Manuscript Reading – fees per page are calculated hourly, at regular industry rates. I do not do proofreading or line editing but will work as your developmental and content editor.

To read and comment on a 70,000-word manuscript your cost would be approximately: $791

For a 120,000-word book the cost could be: $1,356

Workshops – these are tailored for small groups, in person and online, via Zoom.
Public Speaking – fees and honorarium discussed
Book Clubs Zoom appearances arranged at no charge, in person travel reimbursed
Fundraising – for a variety of causes, please contact me to discuss.


Loves, Lies and Resolutions

a memoir

“A richly told memoir that’s steeped in history.– Kirkus Review

‘Davidson’s belief that historical knowledge is the key to understanding contemporary problems results in a well-told, jet-setting memoir that spans decades and continents. The book is rather lengthy, but its seamless digressions will keep readers’ interest as Davidson recalls important years in her journey toward psychological and spiritual well-being. A vibrant parade of people moved in and out of her life, and her stories range in tone from joyful to harrowing. She also offers considerable cultural and political insight, and a little bit of romance, along the way, as well as an intriguing take on Paris as a place of refuge and healing. – Kirkus Review

Link to Prologue 

eBook  |  Print  |  Audio

Measuring Distances:

Cross-Cultural Poetry

Traveling the globe chapter by chapter, this cross-cultural poetry collection is inspired by the three decades Davidson spent overseas. At age eight, Davidson and her family relocated from the US to the Middle East. She lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Lebanon, England, Spain, Venezuela, and France. Discovering a love for writing at a young age, Davidson used poetry to process both the joy and the trauma of growing up abroad — from language barriers and culture shock to xenophobia and war. Measuring Distances is not only a poetic journey around the world, but also an intimate and personal reckoning with the challenges all global citizens face.

eBook  |  Print

Return to Wisdom

2021 Journal Planner

Our Return to Wisdom 2021 journal planner, co-created with graphic artist, Rosanne Romiglio-Ashley, gently guides users on a 12 month tour of the first 12 Laws on the Wisdom Wheel, starting with Balance in January, ending with Integrity next December.

Complete with directions, quotations and lunar cycles, this exploration of beliefs can be combined with our twice monthly Zoom discussions, a members only Facebook group, and series of emails. Resolve to track your behaviors in 2021. See if this theme of the month Journey helps you synchronize your inner hopes and outer actions.

Gifts of Wisdom

perpetual calendar

More gratitude is due to those who surprised me by purchasing a Gifts of Wisdom perpetual calendar after seeing it in the last newsletter. They make great birthday or holiday presents for men or women. I will mail them to anyone you designate for $19.95 (plus shipping). Supplies are limited so order yours soon.

“‘[…] women need to develop a new moral system in an otherwise doomed world… Not being sadistic, as a rule, women often fail to understand the basic fact about sadistic behavior: it is stimulated by the appearance of vulnerability in the prospective victim…  It would be better for women to assert their right to judge, to be bolder in questioning male authority, to demand the respect due to them as mothers and decent, caring citizens… The Crone can still serve as an empowering image of biological truth, female wisdom and mother-right, to which men must learn to defer, if they are ever to conquer the enemy within themselves.

Barbara G. Walker, in The Crone