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Julie Davey

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.

Academic Vitae

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.

English/Journalism Teacher

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


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