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.