Richie Davis

Writing Your Stories...


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I’ve been a professional writer and editor for nearly 45 years, winning dozens of awards along the way.

More importantly, though, my passion has been to explore life’s mysteries, contradictions and magic with hundreds of people, often helping them discover the deeper themes of their lives within that they may not have even realized were there … and then sharing those stories.

Good Will and ice cream book cover

We all scream ...

for this fresh, new collection of homegrown, universal stories!

Now available here!

Reading 'Ice Cream' ... Eating Ice Cream

DIG IN ... these ice cream socials!

  • Tuesday, May 24 6:30 p.m. Leverett Library, Leverett ... Outdoor Reading

Rain Date: Tuesday, May 31

  • Monday, June 13 7 p.m. Cushman Library, Bernardston ..... Outdoor Reading

Rain Date: Tuesday, June 14

  • Wednesday, June 15, 6 p.m. Montague Center Library ... Indoor Reading
  • Saturday, June 18, 2:15 p.m. New Salem Library, New Salem ... Outdoor Reading
  • Friday, June 24 Arms Library, Shelburne Falls ... 6:30 p.m. Outdoor Reading

Rain Date: Friday, July 22

(More dates to come, so check back!)

“Instead of having wars, we should eat ice cream together.”

- Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin

My own story begins just outside New York, and continues just outside Rochester, N.Y., where I edited two award-winning suburban weekly newspapers.

For over 40 years, I’ve written for and edited newspapers in western Massachusetts, where I’ve excelled at finding the narratives within stories.

Along the way, I’ve imagined the possibilities for enterprising writing that captures the vitality of my subjects and innovates various approaches to help us discover the magic lying beneath the surface... and potentially help us connect with one another ... and even deeper within ourselves.

Through in-depth interviews and comprehensive series, I’ve envisioned, written and edited work that’s won 35 awards from the New York and New England News Executives Associations and the Massachusetts Press Association, along with recognition from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. I've been a guest on public television as well as radio to talk about my work, have been a guest speaker at public forums and have been invited to do in-depth memoir interviewing and to advise in Pulitzer Center's Student Student Fellowship program.

Check out my Pulitzer Center reporting.

Check out some of my many feature articles, about a Native American scholar's book on King Philip's War, about immersive theater, about Northfield's Schell Bridge, about teaching music to underserved children.

Now that you know my story, let’s consider yours

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A look behind the book

Good Will & Ice Cream

True Tales from Extraordinary Lives

A look behind the book

Inner Landscapes

A deep-down exploration of life off the beaten path, where people care for the land and one another.

Poor Richie's Almanac

Yes, we might as well all face it: A blog is a blog is a blog.

Good Will & Ice Cream

My second collection of stories from four decades of reporting is here!