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Welcome to the writer's refuge
Jill Quist

I’m Jill Quist, a fellow writer, workshop leader, affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA), corporate communications professional, writing coach and founder of The Writer’s Refuge – Your Safe Place to Create.


Before retiring in 2021, I led a five-person internal communications team for a large company in Jacksonville, Florida, where, among other things, I enjoy the privilege of writing and editing corporate video scripts and stories and producing content for large corporate events. 

A native New Yorker, I've published business articles in trade magazines and my theater reviews previously appeared in The Villager, a former local newspaper in Greenwich Village. I have also published creative nonfiction by Minerva Rising, "HerStry," and was a recent semi-finalist in Tulip Tree Publishing's contest, "Stories That Need To Be Told." In addition to writing, I like to read, hike, walk on the beach, and enjoy theater and concerts. 

I am an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press. Having recently opened The Writer’s Refuge, a writing studio in Jacksonville, I lead online and in-person writing workshops using the AWA model. While still living in the northeast, I led AWA writing workshops for three years in my studio in New Jersey, The Mindful Muse. I love leading workshops because of what I learn from the community of writers I have the privilege to write with. Their unique strengths and fearless creative choices remind me every day of the range of creative options available for my further exploration.


When I am not writing or working, I love spending time with my husband and daughter Sophie in Colorado, New York, Jacksonville Beach, London or wherever our wanderlust takes us.



"Count on Me" published on and "Nothing by Mouth" published by Minerva Rising

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