Praise + Testimonials

As a fully self-employed creative entrepreneur, coach, writer, and teacher, I run a business based on trust, integrity, and relentless dedication to my clients’ success and satisfaction.

That’s why I am so grateful to share the following testimonials.

After more than 12 years of this work, I believe there’s no better testament to what I offer as a creative professional and coach.

If you’re interested in working together, or at least staying in touch, you can explore my current coaching offerings and subscribe to my newsletter.

“Dave brings deep experience and devotion to his teachings. What a gift to study with such a kind, smart and compassionate man! He cares that you learn, that you grow, and that you get all that you came for — which, especially in this age of online hucksters and overnight experts, is a rare and beautiful thing.”Jennifer Louden, Best-Selling Author and Teacher

“I’ve known Dave as a teacher of writing, yoga and self-expression for nearly a decade. I can’t recommend working with him highly enough! He brings incredible heart and soul to underline his passion for helping others. Expect the perfect blend of encouragement with practical tools to get you unstuck, inspired, and excited to share your truth.”Jenny Blake, Speaker, Podcast Host and Author of Pivot and Life After College

“Dave guides people to embrace their vulnerability and reveal the foundational values that drive feeling states and life decisions. As a guest instructor in my yoga teacher training programs, Dave has led dozens of future yoga teachers to develop their teaching voices and inspirational class messaging. Much of the feedback we heard sounded like, ‘Oh I can’t believe it’s so easy to write class intentions now that I know about my own values.’ It’s important to me to know as graduates of the program, these people will go on to inspire introspection and embodiment in other people through what they learned with Dave.”
Jessie Dwiggins, Creator of Wild Wisdom Yoga and From Um to Om ®: Public Speaking for Yoga Instructors

“Dave is an immensely talented story coach and writer. He was a go-to member of the Get Storied team for a couple of years, which I’m deeply grateful for. Our clients adore him! Dave’s always a joy to work with. As a devoted yogi, he works hard to bring people’s authentic story to life with grace, passion, and deep insight.”Michael Margolis, Global Storytelling Evangelist and Cultural Anthropologist

gems-180“Dave looks like a talented writer. But really, Dave is a revolution–of thinking, of writing, of loving, of living. His poetic wisdom is intoxicating. His ability to dance between raw vulnerability and profound strength is captivating. Within moments of meeting him I was already a better writer and thinker. He inspires me to ask questions that matter and write with purpose. There are times in your life when you stumble across a remarkable human who is capable of remarkable connection. Dave Ursillo is that person. I have tucked him into my heart. I suggest you do the same.”Gemma Stone, M.A., R.Psych

carolynr“Dave is a compassionate and genuine leader–he is wholeheartedly involved, communicating with vulnerability and presence. His message of leadership is woven throughout his work. Through words he is able to powerfully connect with others and his dedication and love for the community that has gathered around him are etched in his actions. I urge you to read his beautifully candid words.”
Caroline Rubenstein, Author and Contributor to Psychology Today

srinir“I’ve witnessed Dave’s journey and have always been impressed by how he has pushed the envelope. I was fortunate enough to have him as a guest on my podcast, The Unmistakable Creative, and the insights he shared into self-publishing blew me away. Of all the launches of self-published books I’ve seen over the years, his stood head and shoulders above the rest.”
Srinivas Rao, Author and Podcast Host

“Hey Dave, just wanted to let you know your emails always get me fired up… I LOVE it!”  –Shannon from Sacramento, CA

lauras“Writer, leader. Leader, writer. Dave Ursillo is both, and each identity brilliantly informs the other. As a writer, Dave is prolific, consistent, and perhaps above all, dedicated. As a leader, he places a high value on community and power of peer support. Dave is an exceptional voice in the landscape of ‘change the world’ businesses. He not only calls on you to create a better life for yourself, he offers you the structure to do it.”Laura Simms, Career Coach and Strategist

karls“There are people that are just meant to change lives. Dave is one of them. He was able to uncover answers to my questions that help people see hidden emotional issues that you wouldn’t expect.”Karl Staib, Career Coach and Customer Experience Expert

sallyh“Dave is the kind of person I turn to as a friend, colleague, and generally cool dude whenever I need support and wisdom. He has this great mix of spirituality and business smarts. I love collaborating with Dave because every time I get off the phone with him, I feel more inspired, capable, and like I just talked to Buddha himself. He’s that good.”Sally Hope, Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Certified Life Coach

“To me, Dave Ursillo is the unleader of a new generation–and I think the leaders of today have a lot to learn from you.” –Angie, via email

lisanb“Dave Ursillo is a rare professional who takes thought-leadership beyond theory and to action–he’s a master at distilling aspirational concepts into tangible strategies. As a pioneer of alternative leadership among Millennials, Dave consistently inspires and mobilizes his clients to higher levels of success. I love the way he thinks, and I’m consistently inspired by his work.”Lisa Nicole Bell, Award-Winning Writer and Producer

“I’m constantly asking Dave for feedback. Why? Because I can always count on him to show me my creative blind spots. I’m not entirely sure how he works his magic, but time and time again, Dave’s offered me advice which has brought me a deeper sense of clarity about how to most effectively communicate my purpose and increase my profits. I think it’s because he has this socially genius ability to deeply understand and connect with people from their core.”Jacob Sokol, Life Coach of Life Coaches

“With his support and guidance, Dave truly made me think like a leader by helping me believe in myself and by guiding me to strongly direct my focus, goals and voice. He helped me so much that I feel like I’m well on my way to becoming a leader in my world.”Amy Clover, Fitness Personality, Motivational Speaker, Mental Health Advocate

“I am going to take the influence of your words and exhibit them in my life. :) Thank you.” –Ayesha, via email

mattl“Dave is both calm and enthusiastic, he’s both a dreamer and a doer, and, he is a leader and a follower. His supreme talent is this balance. I love watching the Dave Ursillo space because I never know what I’m going to get, but I always know he will always be 100% himself.”Matt Langdon, TEDx Speaker and Founder of The Hero Round Table

jeanpI believe that Dave is not fully aware of his magic, because he’s genuinely just there with you. He just ‘is.’ And over the past year, I’ve grown to respect him deeply as a creative professional, a coach, but most importantly, a friend. I’m not entirely sure where he’s pulled this depth and wisdom from, how he has found a way to so easily relate to all the jagged and disparate parts of my life, but he does it with such ease and confidence. I’m free to be unapologetic and dig deep into my layers.”Jean Powell, Director of Sales at MiiR

jasonvOne of the greatest decisions I’ve made has been to connect with Dave Ursillo. He has quickly become a role model in the ways that he lives a life of self-reliance, authenticity, honesty, and openness. I really appreciate him and all that he does—including beyond The Literati Writers. The world really needs more Dave Ursillos walkin’ around. There’d be high-fiving on every corner.”Jason Vanfosson, Instructor at Western Michigan University

“Thank you Dave. Thank you for sharing your gift to me, to us. It means the world to me to know that I was never alone. That regardless of culture, of race and of status, most of the time, we all go through the same things in life.” –Annie, via email

sarahnThere stands Dave Ursillo, a different kind of leader: a humble, genuine and generous one. He consistently engages with his community in a way that boggles my mind. Dave’s gentle way of pushing the creative envelope is just one of the reasons why I listen to what he has to say. I plan to swim in his circle for as long as I can, because his leadership is dynamite.”Sarah Nicotra Hutchison, Literati Writer and Founder of Spiritual Momma

joecDave is hell-bent on helping you–no matter what. He takes the time to truly get to know you as a person, which is rare in this day and age of people merely trying to increase list numbers, followers, and likes. He takes the time to know your interests, goals and aspirations on a deep level. And because he does this, he can either help you, or he can to connect you to others who may be able to help you. When you’re around Dave, things just seem to fall in place and happen.”Joseph Choi, Author and Copywriter

mariacAs a creative, I love Dave’s passion, compassion, motivation and wise outlook. It’s both explicitly and subconsciously motivational–I find myself reflecting on his words without even realizing it.”Maria Conigliaro, Founder of Inspired Design Studio, LLC.

“I’ve just been sitting in a little cafe in the Old Quarter of Hanoi reading Dave Ursillo’s book and just feeling like all’s right with the world.” –Vicky from Vietnam

jana“Even the shortest connection with Dave–a 10-minute conversation or an email exchange, even–feel like an intravenous wheatgrass shot and a weekend spa retreat to a busy soul like mine. Dave has a presence and calm about him, paired with sincere depth, interest, compassion and intelligence that I had not encountered before. For me, he has become an invaluable source of energy, encouragement, inspiration and advice. One of the things that strike me most about Dave is his commitment to enable and empower writers who don’t yet feel like writers in a soul-nourishing, knowing kind of way. Simply brilliant!”Jana Schuberth, Results Coach and Creator of ALIVE In Berlin

sarahk“I’ve been a fan of Dave Ursillo’s work for a long time. He’s thoughtful, introspective, and highly articulate. He is able to question the bigger picture and bring both meta- and micro-examinations into harmony. His writing is lovely and his teaching compassionate.”Sarah Kathleen Peck, Writer and Founder of It Starts With

marcsAuthentic leadership is a condition of the heart. Dave Ursillo masterfully performs open-heart surgery with his writing. His words are a must for any student of enlightened leadership. As a senior fire officer, I found his lessons to be exactly what I needed to re-center myself.”Marc Scrivener, Connecticut Senior Fire Officer

“Your philosophical, reflective and mindful writings have been most insightful for me as a human, like any other, trying to find his way through the roller-coaster of life.” — James from Wales

nathanaDave is hard at work in the pursuit of truth. Truth for himself, for his clients, for his business, and for his community. It’s evident in the writing and work he does, in the conversations he has, and how he shows up as an individual. Uncovering a deeper meaning and sense of purpose is clearly a passion of his, and anyone looking for this will not be disappointed in Dave’s ability.”Nathan Agin, Host of Travel. Eat. Thrive.

chantelle“Dave is a fabulous writer, coach and all around great guy. He’s played a key role in supporting the development and growth our charity, One Girl, and has always gone above and beyond to ensure our success. Dave has a way of making you feel like it’s ‘okay’ to be you. And finding that acceptance means that you’re supported and empowered to do your best work. I highly recommend Dave as a coach and writer–anyone would be lucky to work with him!”Chantelle Baxter, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

barretb“Dave is a powerhouse whose expertise sits at the intersection of purpose, leadership, and writing. Like many great writers, Dave talks the talk on paper, but what differentiates him is his ability to act on what he says as well. If you want somebody you can trust and somebody that can push you to be the best version of yourself, whether as a writer, leader, or entrepreneur, then Dave is the guy you’ve been looking for.”Barrett Brooks, Owner of Unconventional Innovations LLC

“I just felt moved to let you know how much I appreciate you for the work you are doing on leadership and helping people nourish their creative side.” –Adewale, via email

Coaching Clients: From Writers to Business Owners and Creative Entrepreneurs

Writer’s Group of Two℠ is my premier mentorship and coaching program for writers and creatives who want a long-term support system and bespoke curriculum for keeping their relationship to writing as vibrant and active as they desire.

Designed to synthesize the creative magic and accountability of a large writers’ group into a dynamic, nimble, extraordinarily supportive personal writing partnership, Writer’s Group of Two℠ includes hands-on writing support and weekly coaching sessions with Dave. Learn More »

“The combination of deliberate dialogue and writing and thinking after each session sparked so much clarity and understanding for my path in business and in life. I now realize Dave’s secret as a coach: he helps you build the road of your story as you’re walking it.”— Tim S. Wise, Coach, Business Consultant & Supply Chain Expert, Colorado

“I needed a guide, coach, teacher and support to help me get back on track with my writing after a 2.5-year sabbatical. I can honestly say Dave helped me with just that and so much more. I grew leaps and bounds, not just as a writer, but as a person. Dave is a masterful listener with a depth of intuition and wisdom that transcends anything I’ve experienced with other coaches and even therapists. Our bi-weekly meetings were deep and rich and clarifying.”— Carrie Contey, Ph.D and Entrepreneur, Colorado

“I needed external accountability for my writing goals but I also needed someone to push me and who could help me understand in my heart why I write. That’s what I found with Dave. He held up the mirror and allowed me to see what I didn’t see in myself. We worked together for a year and a half and I would make the investment again, 100 times over.”— Holly Tucci, Published Writer and Speaker, Washington

I not only came into better relationship with my writing but with myself. The way Dave held space for me was incredibly powerful: intuitive, intelligent and considerate. I often joked with Dave that he was not only writing coach, but my life coach, my business coach, and my therapist, all rolled into one! Everything that I threw at him, he helped me transform into creative fuel.”— Nikki Groom, Small Business Growth Coach

“My coaching sessions with Dave created a profound shift in my relationship to writing and the role that it plays in my life. I thought I was seeking someone who would ‘kick my ass’ and get me to write more often. I came away from our coaching realizing that I don’t need to pursue writing out of fear if I don’t immediately become a prolific author. Without the unnecessary suffering that writing can carry with it, I can now enjoy my writing as a form of self-expression that creates more ease in my life.”— Rolando Peraza, Freelance Writer

“I reached out to Dave to sharpen my voice and specialization in my field. Through Dave’s ‘Writers Group of Two’ support and custom journaling prompts, I gained new insights and perspectives that allowed me to see patterns, blocks, and opportunities to re-story my approach and move forward. Our work together bolstered my self-confidence and my value in my professional and personal life, which in turn has led to new direction and a higher quality of life.”— Charlotte Love, Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor

“Dave helped me figure out my true priorities — not only as a writer, but in how I wanted to express myself as a person. My writing evolved and now I have a relationship to writing that feels like it is truly my own. Dave is a true life guide — patient, wise, and encouraging. When I started my Writer’s Group of Two, I thought I would focus my writing in support of my business goals, but I discovered something more even valuable: my real personal motivations to write.”— Tom Henell, Marketing, Leadership and Customer Acquisition Professional

“When I was facing major transitions in every aspect of my life, I enlisted Dave to help me document, reflecting upon, and process the shifts through writing. Months later, I don’t think I would be as emotionally stable and at peace with everything that happened if not for Dave and the support, space-holding, and reflection he provided in our Writer’s Group of Two.”— Patsy Kenney, Founder of ‘And Celebrate’ Event Planning and Brand Strategy

“Dave’s creative teachings have been life-altering for me. For the first time in my life, there is resounding forward motion as a creative. My writing is POURING out these days. For as long as I can remember, I have always played roles that people expected of me. That’s all changing now. I have my writing to thank. I have Dave to thank. I’m picking up my own instrument and crooning my heart’s songs. You rock, Dave. I’m really glad to be a part of what you’re doing in the world.”Tracye Dukes, Former Writers’ Group Member, Creative Artist and Instructor (Tampa, FL)

“I would recommend that any writer get on board with his creative teachings — because it is spearheaded by Dave Ursillo, a man who walks his talk and knows how to bring together amazing people who are devoted to creating unforgettable life experiences for themselves and others. He knows the courage needed to release your words, thoughts and perspective into the world just so it can potentially be embraced or dismissed. And he knows what it takes to do it over and over again because as a writer, and to live, you must continue to breathe in this way.”Cheryl Chavarria, Former Writers’ Group Member, Real Estate Consultant and Author (Austin, TX)

“This group has had such a positive impact on me, and I can’t thank Dave and The Literati Writers enough for that. Not only has my writing gotten better, but I feel like I have evolved as a person as well. Dave and the folks in the group have widened my perspective from a writing, mental, and spiritual perspective. And, I am forever grateful for that.”Matt C., Former Writers’ Group Member (Chicago, IL)

“Simply being around The Literati Writers has given me so much more than anything else in the past eight months — I finally feel like I’m on the right track. Thank you for bringing awesome people together and creating such a supportive community.”Amy O., Former Writers’ Group Member and Personal Investment Adviser (Portland, OR)

milom“My identity as a writer has shifted dramatically. Dave made me into a published author. Seeing my name in a printed book was like I was finally declaring my truth to the world. I’m now earning enough money from writing and blogging to pay my mortgage and bills (and a little extra for those essential flat white lattes!). I’m more confident than ever that I’m on the right path.”Milo McLaughlin, Former Writers’ Group Member and Content Writer (Edinburgh, OR)

dianep“Dave Ursillo is a writing teacher with heart. His ability to look at my words with precision and care was enough to give me the courage to keep going. The advice he offers to writers is invitational, completely compassionate, and inspires choice to flow. Dave is someone, and I can say this with assurance, who can help your writing flourish.”Diane Pauley, Former Writers’ Group Member and Business Coach (Stamford, CT)

jilliank“Dave creates a dedicated, sacred space to help me keep moving forward as a writer, and it’s clear his power is to help others do the same. To him, there are no wrong answers, just a common intention towards creation and movement forward. Speaking with Dave feels like speaking with someone who sparks my imagination.” Jillian K., Former Writers’ Group Member (Philadelphia, PA)

clareh“Being a member of Dave’s online writers’ group was a great asset to my burgeoning writing business. I have so much gratitude for Dave in gathering this group of budding creatives and entrepreneurs with such big hearts. Big thanks to you, Dave, for allowing me to be a part of this.”Clare H., Communications Manager at Amnesty International (Dublin, Ireland)

beatriz“Dave was in my dream a few days ago: he was at the front of a classroom and encouraging me to ‘Write, write, write,’ asking me why I wasn’t writing, why I was holding back. My subconscious associates Dave as a natural writing mentor, and the leadership he gives to his writing clients proves it.”Beatriz A., Coach and Consultant, (Philadelphia, PA)

“A bit more than a month ago, I had a chat with Dave about a struggle I was having around self-editing while I was trying to write. One of his simple suggestions for get around this impediment I made for myself in writing was to experiment with new styles of writing. Well, over 50,000 words later, I can say that his teaching works.”Joshua Harbert, Response Copywriting and Marketing Pro (Chicago, IL)

kadena“I enjoyed my months and months as a member of Dave’s writers’ group, tremendously. Every single creative person who gathers around Dave does so because their heart leads their deeds. They are the kind of folks you can find good company in, and they will inspire you as they have me, to be better. Thank you, Dave!”Kadena Tate, Business Coach and Consultant (Dallas, TX)

jeaninec“With a steadfast compassion, patience, and wisdom far beyond his years, Dave holds space for the possibilities of your writing, and your life, to emerge in ways you anticipated — and those you could not expect. Dave has motivated me, set an example I wish to follow by walking his talk, and helped both hold me accountable for my goals while also celebrating the results as he helps guide their beautiful unfolding.”Jeanine Cerundolo, Former Writers’ Group Member Poet and Certified Yoga Teacher (Brooklyn, NY)

mega“When I traveled a few weeks ago, the border patrol asked me what I do and on instinct I said, ‘I’m a writer.’ What a huge benchmark that is! My growth has come, in no small part, due to the support and lessons and encouragement from Dave. Thanks to your rad writing community, I can proudly call myself a writer with confidence. Thank you for that!”Megan A., Former Writers’ Group Member and Product Designer (Lansing, MI)

“I love The Literati Writers! I’m so grateful because, for the longest time, I’ve been around people who are interested in writing but don’t write. Now, I feel like I learn and grow just by being in this group’s amazing and supportive energy.”Lauryn Doll, Publisher and SEO Strategist (Dallas, TX)

“Thanks to Dave Ursillo and his writing group, The Literati Writers, writing has become second nature to me again. This writing group has changed my life. It’s that simple. Just by joining, my passion for the craft has increased three fold. I love it.”Levi H., Poet, Photographer and HR Professional (Ocean Springs, MS)

“If you’re a writer — in your heart, no matter the labels — you have got to get on board with Dave Ursillo, without a doubt! You will find wisdom, entertainment, encouragement and a cataclysmic community around him that is filled with love. He cultivates a place where writers encourage, inspire, share ideas and provide a captivating perspective from their part of the world.”Sang Thi Duong, Senior Sales Director and Copywriter (Kansas City, MO)

“I’m psyched to be sharing creative and supportive space with fellow writers that Dave has inviting in. Because in life, as in art, it’s the intersections and overlaps of people, shapes, colors and ideas that come together to create beautiful magic. Dave’s teachings invite this kind of magic to happen.”Cassia Cogger, Artist, Author and Painter (Glastonbury, CT)

tomm“Having a place like The Literati Writers to publicly make a commitment is so helpful in getting me to my desk and holding myself accountable to the goals I set for myself. So thank you–-I really appreciate it.”Tom Meitner, Direct Response Copywriter(Milwaukee, MI)

ronat“Dave, I’ve got to thank you for starting The Literati Writers. I am writing more frequently again. I’m allowing the writing to come out of me in the ways it wants to, without restraint. My inner judge has been disrobed and has helped me access a lot more of the fun of being me!”Dr. Rona Thau, Writer and Health Expert (San Francisco, CA)

Story Shine Professional Copywriting Clients

Story Shine is my premier one-on-one professional writing service: a 30-day ghostwriting incubator that turns your resume or CV into a dynamic, emotional, professional narrative for use as a job application cover letter, LinkedIn profile, About Me page and beyond.

Designed and tested for maximum readability, resonance, and memorability, Story Shine turns your professional prowess and personality into a story that elevates your value perception on your behalf — so you can do more of the work you love. Learn More »

“I had the pleasure of working with Dave at a key inflection point in our work. We had mountains of materials that were basically functional but not as succinct, effective or reflective of the spirit driving the organization, as they needed to be. Being so head down in the work made it difficult for us to know where to start or how to best bring information forward. Working with Dave was not only incredibly efficient and positive for the business narratives we needed to develop at the time but it was also easy, inspiring, and deeply supportive. His process is clear, superbly guided — and a true balm for the often daunting task of telling a powerful story. Dave is an incredible listener and a highly skilled — and even magical — guide for any writing process! We look forward to working with him again.”Jhana Senxian, CEO, Sustainability Guild International

“I cannot recommend Dave highly enough to help you tell your story. And I say this as a very competent writer — and a professional storyteller! I have been paralyzed with fear about writing my own story for far too long. Dave washed away these fears. The end result was a personal story that was inspiration, vulnerable and one that I know will resonate with my target market. Dave is part spiritual, part intellect and 100% heart. Get your own personal story done NOW!”Mark Truelson, Brand Storytelling Expert and Speaker (Melbourne, Australia)

“Dave is a great listener and writes an awesome bio that makes you sound like a relatable person that your future team will see themselves wanting working with. As he writes, strips away all the calcified ‘corporate speak’ to reveal who you really are and what personal qualities make you shine — things that can’t be replicated. I enjoyed the personal touch Dave uses to handcraft a personal bio that’s as unique as a fingerprint. Work with Dave, you’ll love it!”Raina Porecha, Risk Management Professional and Commercial Underwriter (Modesto, CA)

“As soon as I started reading my story, I knew that Dave had found my voice. My first reaction was, ‘He knocked it out of the park.’ Dave has been able to get in my head and speak as if he were me.”Chip Rogers, Former CEO and Publisher (Boston, MA)

“Dave really spoke the language of our brand, which is particularly unique and sometimes difficult to convey to an outside audience. We’re a small business made up of formerly incarcerated individuals. We own our pasts and have turned our struggles into our unique angle on the personal training market. Dave helped us communicate to our core people. We’re not an easy voice to tackle, but he communicated every one of our goals!”Coss Marte, Entrepreneur and Founder of ConBody (New York, NY)

“Dave was wonderful to work with. He immediately put me at ease and helped me identify the skills, beliefs, and passions that will make up my own LinkedIn profile. Through our conversations together he managed to create a bio for me that truly represents who I am. This was my first experience collaborating online with someone and I consider it a complete success. I have already recommended Dave to a colleague. The process was enjoyable from start to finish.”Lynn Hennigar, Former CEO and Publisher (Nova Scotia, Canada)

“Dave’s story process helped me realize that what I thought was a ‘disjointed’ career path was actually the perfect trajectory I needed to take to be where I am today. Now I can share that story.”Brandon Sutton, Cultural Strategist and Business Consultant (Atlanta, GA)

“Talk about WOW! When I saw my new story, I had a good cry, and then my partner and I did a happy dance!”Crystal Lahan, Professional Speaker and Life Coach (Los Angeles, California)

“After working on my story for 8 months, I finally came to the uncomfortable realization I needed help. From the start, Dave made the process easy: he has a remarkable ability to see people and invite them into a conversation. He easily understood how to articulate what I had been trying to say, filtered out the extraneous to get to the core of my message, and offered it all with simple, evocative language in a tone I was comfortable with. His being the intermediary, standing both in my shoes and those of my readers, has provided an objectivity that I was after. I so appreciated his genuine interest in my story and what I’m embarking on. My only question is, why did I wait so long to get his help?!”Jane Hawley Edward, Chinese Face Reading Consultant (Ontario, Canada)

“I am so grateful for Dave. He was able to put into words the thoughts that I had that I was never able to express on paper. Dave has the incredible ability to make you feel comfortable, which enabled me to truly open up and express myself. If there were a person to go to for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement, Dave is that person. Sometimes you just need that push from a person from the outside and Dave is the one!”María José Morales Ballesteros, Spanish Interpreter and Teacher (East Greenwich, RI)

“One of the best things about my short time working with Dave was being invited into his personal mindset as a teacher and writer — something I respect, and try to emulate. We accomplished all of my goals in an extremely tight deadline during my 1-on-1 story coaching together. Now, I have a deeper understanding of my story and how I can communicate it to others. He guided me in a fun, patient, kind, steadfast, and peaceful manner.”Darla Dallas, Office Professional (Keller, Texas)

anian“Dave is a genius when it comes to choosing the right words to help others to express themselves authentically. As a proud storytelling client of his, Dave helped me tie the big themes of my life together in a brilliantly-told story. He made my message more resonant with my audience. I have more clients than ever before. Dave constantly surprises and impresses me with his creative ideas, and how he pulls a written story together for clients is no different. I can’t thank him enough!”Ania Nowicki, Nutritional Expert and Results Coach (Soest, The Netherlands)

benaz“I was so impressed by the story that Dave created for me that I spent the whole day reading it! The story is wonderful. As English is my second language, I depended on him to articulate the pieces of my history and business goals that I struggle to communicate at times. Dave is very, very good at what he does! His storytelling process will change how people see, appreciate and understand your work. Thank you, Dave!”Ben Azevedo, Web Design Entrepreneur (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)

olwen“My About Me page was just sad. I knew I needed to revamp it, but Dave went way further. He truly made my story shine and, in the process, his storytelling process helped me pinpoint how to speak to my ideal clients (who I didn’t even know I was looking for before he discovered them!). He was right on target, and able to articulate my thoughts about my work in my own words. Three words: He. Gets. It!”Olwen Wilson, Wellness Coach and Yogi (Ontario, Canada)

“Dave. Wow. Reading through this, I am speechless. You’ve conveyed everything that I’m feeling and more! I love what you’ve done with my story. From beginning to end, my story has such an authentic flow and I could not have possibly asked for anything better! Thank you so much!”Serena Misquez, Authenticity Coach (Arizona, USA)

robl“I’m blown away how you’ve managed to bring together so many seemingly unrelated, disparate pieces of my story to fit a common theme. I felt so absorbed as I read my story that I forgot it was mine! Thank you so much for your investment into the Story Shine process and the care you have taken.”Rob Lawrence, Audio Producer and Podcast Coach (United Kingdom)

muitsun“Wow! I love my new About Me page! It’s been such a mess for such a long time, and I couldn’t be happier (or more proud) with how I feel putting my story on display now. As a businesswoman, presentation matters — and I know that new clients will find me far easier after today. You’ve done a great job. Thank you, Dave!”Mui Tsun, WordPress Ninja and Business Mentor (Norwich, United Kingdom)

lawrence-m“Dave, I love my new About Me page — it’s really good! You tied together all the themes that I needed to communicate from my past health experiences to my mission in the world today. That’s no small feat! Thank you Dave for all of the work you’ve done.”Lawrence Mitchell, Health Coach, Wellness Advocate and Entrepreneur (Sydney, Australia)

“I truly loved working with Dave! His insights on storytelling come from the heart, and it shows: he’s a great interviewer and listener, and the space he held helped me witness the evolution of my own story. I’d recommend working with him if you are looking to understand and evolve your story.”Robin Holland, Coach and Brand Consultant to Creatives (San Francisco, CA)

Workshop, Event & Retreat Attendees

Every year, I host or co-host up to a dozen retreats, workshops and classes that blend creative self-expression with intimate self-knowledge for experiential containers of learning and growth that consistently reward participants with feelings of deeper connection to their authentic selves, and to others.

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“Dave’s writing workshop offered advice unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. It was grounded in psychology, spirituality, personal connection, identity, and so much more. It was so impactful and I felt it offered insight and exercises to encourage my growth as a writer, and also as a human who often feels ‘blocked’ in life too. I still feel like I’m absorbing all that I learned, and I am so grateful for the shift it’s already started in me and in my writing! Thank you so, so much, Dave, for sharing your wisdom, experience, and incredibly unique insight to overcoming writer’s block—you have already helped this writer so much!”Jenna Britton, Professional Writer and Storyteller

lauraj“Dave’s retreat brought me so much clarity on what it really means to have a writing practice. I was relieved to realize that, more than anything, it should be enjoyable and something I anticipate doing. I’d been putting far too much pressure on myself to deliver specific results and, as with any art, the magic happens when you’re having fun. This retreat brought the magic back to my writing.”Laura Jelinek, Writer and Relationship Coach

“I can’t believe it now, but I was actually worried that once I arrived in Costa Rica for our retreat that I would feel out of place among the others who chose to attend. What I found was the exact opposite of that. Our retreat, our family, was pure paradise. I miss our group every day!”  – KP

philn“Although I’ve attended bigger conferences, this intimate and experiential retreat hosted by Dave was so refreshing. Rather than talking about what to do, we actually cultivated our skills and learned ways to hone our craft. I loved the serene and rustic environment, the intimacy and positive vibes of the group, and the accessibility to your wealth of wisdom. Thank you for sharing your best practices in writing, and for the courage to organize this event.”Master Phil Nguyen, Author and 7th Degree Blackbelt

“When I think to our retreat in Costa Rica, I think of warmth, growth, peace and friendship. It was so wonderful spending time with new friends off the grid, a world away. It was a true gift!”  – C.M., Rhode Island

dianep“Dave’s retreat refueled the fire inside of me and helped confirm that I am walking a path of impact. Dave created an environment filled with creative souls and the nourishing space that a writer needs. I went into this experience coming off a whirlwind emotional aftermath of some life decisions I had to make. And, the weekend was exactly what I needed because I left feeling rejuvenated and at peace with the decisions I had made. Dave’s weekend retreat was the perfect space for creatively ‘coming home.`”Diane Pauley, Writer and Certified Life Coach

“Dave’s retreat was tranquil, nurturing, and deviously inspiring! The combination of workshops and yoga seamlessly created a wonderful ebb and flow without ever leaving the creative space. I’m really excited with what I created at the retreat.”Stu Snyder, Web Designer and Yoga Instructor

“From the moment I stepped into our retreat until I departed, my soul was nurtured, my heart was opened, my writing practice was deepened, and I was filled not only with inspiration but with active guidance on how to turn that inspiration into practice. Under the brilliant guidance of Dave, the weekend guided the continuation of a transformation–from aspiration and hesitation to putting the wheels in motion on a new project.”Jessica Glendinning, Writer and Yogi (Charlottesville, VA)

“After our retreat, I can truly say I am the happiest I’ve ever been.”  – N.T., New York

maggie-b“I left the retreat not only with a lot of ideas and inspiration, but with an entirely better grasp on the big picture of what I’m trying to accomplish this year. I really needed that. I was also feeling some not-so-fun anxiety during the day on Friday, imagining coming into an unknown situation where I don’t know everyone. But the moment I arrived and began chatting with the other retreaters, all of my anxiety disappeared. I knew I was in the right place. Thank you for giving me a chance to step outside my comfort zone and learn from it.”Maggie Brewer, Librarian and Yogi, (Warwick, RI)

annaj“After Dave’s workshop, I feel that blocks have been lifted that were obstructing my flow, especially my creative writing flow. My soul has been freed from self-imposed restraints and is breathing freely now because it got to connect with part of its passion again. I’m incredibly grateful for the experience. So thank you Dave for deciding to add Belgium to your tour and for adding kindle to my inner fire.”Anna Janssens, Brussels, Belgium

“My time with all of you beautiful people changed my life. Is that dramatic? I don’t know, but I really believe the tone of our retreat really helped guide me to where I am now.”  – C.H., Michigan

coumans“I really enjoyed my workshop with Dave! He managed to create a unique atmosphere that brought out very honest and interesting life stories. Moreover, Dave managed so incredibly well to get a clear and convincing message across in just a short amount of time. What he transmitted and what we worked on together will be a very valuable lesson for me, I am sure.”Alex Coumans, Brussels, Belgium

mustafa“Everybody was touched by the way Dave shared his passion and experience about storytelling. As I am passionate about connecting people through conversations, I realized that the best conversations – like the one we had yesterday – come from the stories we share with people with a open mind and open heart.”Mustafa Osman Turan, Diplomat based in Brussels

wendy“I really enjoyed Dave’s workshop! He has a gift for understanding the unique relationship between words and feelings; the head and heart connection he talks about.”Wendy Deyell, Brussels, Belgium

“I realized in the week we were all together for our retreat in Costa Rica that I’ve held up a shield for 24 years for fear that others would not accept me. You all did. So, after 24 years, I’m lowering that shield. This is empowering for me. I couldn’t have done it without feeling so accepted by you all, each so unique, and confident. I LOVED it.”  – S.M., Rhode Island

lisa-s“Three things I value highly are artistry, self-expression and connection. Dave brings all of these qualities into the work he does and helped me bring it out in my own writing. I took his ‘Unapologetically Me’ About Page writing workshop. It provided such a strong framework for me to tell my story in a way that is more authentic and enjoyable than I dreamed was possible.”Lisa Speer, Life Coach, Austin, TX

rose-h“I took Dave’s workshop because I lacked the skills to write about myself and what my business offers without sounding stilted or like I was bragging. Dave’s workshop finally allowed me to move beyond these unsure feelings — and how Dave taught his workshop helped me to do so, effortlessly. I left the workshop enormously relieved, energized and full of ideas on how to improve my business.”Rose Hayden, Consultant, Austin, TX

nikki“Dave Ursillo has an uncanny knack of tapping into the root of what’s getting you stuck, so that you can create from a place of you-charged positivity. His process? One I would pay good money to go through again and again (and again).”Nikki Groom, Writer and Entrepreneur (Providence, RI)

“I still get emotional when thinking back to our retreat… it all felt so welcoming and comforting and accepting. I was worried about what other people would think of me at the retreat, how I’d compare to them in terms of yoga and writing skills, and whether or not I’d fit in. I was also worried about money. I’ve never spent so much money on myself before, but it turned out to be the best thing I could’ve ever done for myself.”   – N.T., New York

bethany“Dave is a rare breed of guy who is able to match any level of communication: from light and casual to highly intellectual. He’s a deeply thinking, deeply feeling, and deeply caring guy: all qualities which are part of the reason he’s not only such a talented writer but also such an effective teacher. I’m so thankful I was able to attend Dave’s most recent workshop, as he seems to understand my own creative challenges even better than I do. I left with greater clarity and a renewed courage to be ‘unapologetically me.’ Thank you, Dave!”Bethany O’Connor, Professional Photographer (Providence, RI)