David Hazard

David Hazard photo: Neil Stein, Photoworks

In 2007, David founded Ascent, an organization that develops and hosts creative-growth training schools and workshops from coast to coast and internationally.

I founded Ascent out of a personal desire to see people ‘live their fire.’ Too many people close to me were living unlived lives, not experiencing the life-giving energy of their own potential, and as a result paying huge costs in poor physical and emotional health.

In terms of our Writing Program, I also wanted to use my skills both as a writing coach and a product-marketing developer to help authors shape their thinking and writing into saleable books. You can find coaches and editors everywhere — what today’s authors need are publishing specialists with the whole range of skills Ascent’s Guided Writing Program and its coaches offer them.

A published author, David has helped to launch and develop the careers of nearly 250 writers during his 36 years in the publishing field. His success in coaching writers comes from his method of training, which engages the whole person, mind and body:

“First, open the writer’s mind and give them means to develop their creative consciousness. This helps a writer locate the fires of their own creativity and sharpen their mental focus. Then you give them great writing techniques. Together — these are the skills that make for a strong writer.”

David has worked as an author, publishing consultant, and writing and creativity coach since 1979, developing bestselling lines of books for numerous publishers. He has authored more than 30 books of his own, including several award-winning and internationally bestselling titles. His 1984 book, Blood Brothers, led to three Nobel Peace Prize nominations for its subject, Dr. Elias Chacour, and is now published in 28 languages.

Other bestsellers and award-winning books include: A Place Behind the World (1st Place, Fiction, ECPA); No Compromise: The Keith Green Story (over 1 million sold); Rekindling the Inner Fire, an 11-volume series (over 300,000 sold). David has consulted with publishers such as Doubleday, HarperCollins, Random House, Thomas Nelson and others.

In his wide-ranging career as a writing coach, David has coached government officials, actors and celebrities, novelists, financial and economic experts, children's authors, international diplomats, news correspondents, psychologists and counselors, pop music stars, leaders in academia, motivational speakers, sports figures, spiritual teachers and theologians, and everyday men and women with poignant memoirs to publish.


David Hazard has done us all a great service by bringing the story of Elias Chacour to our attention in Blood Brothers … It reminds us how the great gears of history sometimes grind up the lives of innocent people. Chacour's life demonstrates how one courageous man can illuminate the truth ….

former U.S. Secretary of State, James A. Baker III

Blood Brothers has been published in 25 languages. After its publication, Elias Chacour became a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.



David Hazard became a valued writing coach, and then co-writer during the development of No Compromise, and with his great help it became an international bestseller. David also proved to be a wise friend as we worked together on this very challenging book — which was about the life and death of my late husband Keith Green and two of our four children. His careful guidance helped turn my memories — both good and painful — into a book that has offered support, comfort, and courage to more than a million readers.

— Melody Green
Co-Author of No Compromise