What would you do with more courage?

Get to know the essential voices of our remarkable authors and their refreshing ideas for creating courage to love, to choose, to heal, to lead. We mean courage of all kinds. Whether that’s in life or leadership, we are creating courage for the complexity of being human. Together we hope to generate meaningful conversations in our communities. As we grow, you are invited to grow with us. Explore all of our books…

by Caryl & Jay Casbon

June 27, 2023

by Kadian Grant

September 12, 2023

by Mukta Panda MD

January 2020

Creative Courage Press is an independent hybrid publishing company founded in 2020 by Shelly L. Francis, inspired by the people she met while writing The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity, a book that Spirituality & Practice named as one of the “Best Spiritual Books of 2018.” She wrote it as a leadership book for the Center for Courage & Renewal during her time there as marketing and communications director. Now she’s working on her next books as author, while hoping for the good company of other authors. Who knows what we’ll unleash in the years to come with our collaboration! Join us!

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Do you have a book in you? Our 10-week writing groups for authors-in-progress will resume in 2024.

Are you are an aspiring author, writing or hoping to write a nonfiction book? Are you stuck or overwhelmed, plus wondering how to get your book into print and into readers’ hands? Maybe whole-author coaching is the mentoring you and your creative courage need. Consider an hour-long Author Clarity Call, helpful for unearthing your possibilities and next steps toward writing and publishing (even if you’re curious how to submit to another traditional publisher).

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