Julie Davey has loved the written word and classrooms since she was four years old and used to sneak into the elementary school kindergarten class for story time. After receiving her B.A. in journalism and her M.A. in American Studies, she worked as a television writer and newspaper reporter. She was also an associate magazine editor at the California Institute of Technology.
She became a professor of journalism at Fullerton College where she taught writing and supervised the campus newspaper, receiving the college’s highest award for excellence in teaching.
In 2001, she created Writing for Wellness classes at City of Hope Cancer Center to teach fellow cancer patients writing techniques to help them heal psychologically. For her volunteer work, she was recently named “Woman of the Week” by CBS-TV News in Los Angeles.
Both of Julie’s parents, her brother, her sister-in-law, her best friend, her college roommate, and several male friends have died from cancer. She knows firsthand that life goes on. She encourages patients, family members, and medical staff to consciously decide to live life to the fullest.
Communications professor with 15 years full-time teaching English and journalism at secondary level, and 18 years teaching college courses in journalism, public relations, and freelance writing.
Graduate studies, Screenwriting UCLA 2003
MA, American Studies California State University, Los Angeles 1971
BA, Journalism/English California State University, Los Angeles 1969
AA, Liberal Arts Colorado Woman’s College (Denver University) 1962
Non-Fiction: Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing, Idyll Arbor, Inc., 2007.
The author’s own journey as a two-time cancer survivor; the book includes writings from fellow cancer survivors, nurses, and other medical staff at City of Hope who have participated in her “Writing for Wellness” classes. The book provides instruction for readers to help heal themselves through directed and focused writing.
Non-Fiction: Coincidence or Something Else?, AUSA Creations, 2009
Two women living on opposite sides of the world, who share exactly the same name, profession and more, found each other through an uncanny set of circumstances. In telling their story in their home countries of Australia and America, they found others who had tales to tell about their own coincidences.
Fiction: La Caridad, Ashley Books, 1991. Adapted for screenplay, titled, “Deadly Truth,” 2005.
A political mystery based on some of Julie’s own findings, as a newspaper reporter in Mexico, involving an oil-industry conspiracy. Her main character, a woman newspaper reporter, receives death threats, something Julie herself got as an investigative reporter in Laredo, Texas, where her writing put at least one man in prison. She also, like the her main character, discovered a wealthy American woman being held against her will in Mexico–another non-fictional aspect of her novel.
Professor Emeritus, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA 2003
Professor of Journalism 1986-2003
Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA 1985-2003
Taught classes in journalism, public relations, and writing. Advisor for the college newspaper of the 22,000-student campus. Left teaching to pursue writing full-time.
Writing Consultant 1990-1995
Hoffman Educational (Publishers) Duarte, CA
Landmark Learning San Marino, CA
Educational consultant and writer of textbooks. Wrote content for interactive video scripts for the Channel R.E.A.D. program for Houghton-Mifflin, Boston. Wrote curriculum for Alaska’s Yupik (Native Peoples) Schools. Wrote curriculum for Cleveland Schools.
Glendale High School, Glendale, CA 1970-1985
Served as chair of the English Department. Taught American literature, English, and journalism classes at the 2,000-student public school.
Freelance Writer 1974 to present
Writes frequently on education and political subjects for The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, The Pasadena Star News, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News Press, Community College Week, and Black Issues in Higher Education. Numerous published magazine articles.
Associate Editor, Engineering and Science Magazine 1969-1970
California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA
Recent Honors and Activities
Colorado Springs-Palmer High School Alumni Hall of Fame 2008
Humanitarian of the Year, City of Duarte, CA 2007
Featured author, along with Ray Bradbury, Festival of Authors, Duarte, CA, October, 2007
Featured author and workshop presenter, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ, October 2007
Subject of NBC News feature on Writing for Wellness class, and book, Writing for Wellness, A Prescription for Healing, August, 2007
Named “Woman of the Week” by CBS Television, Los Angeles, for volunteer work with cancer patients, February 2006
Heart of Hope Award, Department of Supportive Care, City of Hope, 2004
Survivor of the Year, City of Hope, 2002
Guest Speaker, Survivor’s Day, City of Hope Cancer Center, June 2002
Guest Speaker, Silver Saturday (cancer survivors), Pasadena, CA, October 2001
Featured presenter, Assistance League of Fullerton, “Day of Women Authors”, 1992
Volunteer teacher, biweekly “Writing for Wellness” classes for cancer patients, City of Hope Cancer Center, September 2001 to present
Volunteer teacher for under-privileged high school students preparing for SAT exams, Duarte Unified Schools, 1995-2002