Dena Davis, creator of Stories by the Sea, has been a classroom, GATE, and RtI teacher for over 13 years in California and Maine and has worked with children of all ages for many, many more. She is mom to a son with Cornelia deLange Syndrome and an adoptive mom. She holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University and a M.A. in Education from University of California, Berkeley. The highlight of her teaching career has been working with young writers, helping them discover, develop, and celebrate each one’s unique voice, and encouraging them to share with a larger audience at their annual Authors’ Tea. She became a National Writing Project Fellow/Teaching Consultant in 2003 through the Southern California Writing Project (SCWriP), led in-service workshops for her colleagues in Northern and Central California, and enjoyed leading a Creative Writing Club for 4th-6th graders at St. George School in Maine. She facilitated a Young Authors Camp in Rockland, Maine for two summers as well as a variety of writing workshops at different locations for all ages in Midcoast Maine. Since returning to Santa Barbara, California she has led a Nature, Art and Story Camp and hopes to provide more workshops and camps in the future. She believes strongly in process, imagination, experimentation, play, and that each of us has a story (or two) to tell.
Her love of teaching writing is matched by her love of quality children's literature. She has owned a mobile bookshop since 2007 featuring diverse and inclusive books. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter where she would love to connect and chat about books, writing, social justice, parenting, advocacy, and other shared passions.