About Heloise

About Heloise

Author. Speaker. Creative Retreats


I’m a novelist, poet, essayist, shift agent and facilitator for all things writerly, whether process or craft. (learn more).  In love with the language of life in stories and pictures, I believe reading or writing’s like living a good life. We settle into the world, get to know folks, ride through their ups and downs, share their angst and triumphs, are touched in ways so something shifts inside us. Somewhat the same way I like to travel, as a lifelong learner, immersed in the culture and rhythm of a place. The same way I approach everything I do, whether filling diverse roles from corporate advertising account manager to micro-brewery owner building the business to activist doing big things to clay artist to helping creatives move toward their goals. Creating, connection, and a good deal of project management at the core.

I’m also a mother, wife, friend, confidant, champion, avid student, educator, organizer, dreamer, advocate, artist, recovering perfectionist, optimistic realist, spiritual believer, a wonderer, connector, environmentalist, traveler, lover of perfect days and beauty in all forms.

Ask me about myself I’ll tell you I prefer tea to coffee, walking to running, sunrises to sunsets, quiet to noisy, light filled rooms to cozy caves, rising early to sleeping in, exploring to shopping. People and nature, details and trivia, and all things creative fascinate me. When I travel I look for a variety of experience – interesting walks, wonderful art, farmers markets, intimate conversations, cultural exchange, and new ways of seeing. I confess I’m awestruck by this exciting, bizarre world we live in.

After decades in the mountains (Asheville, NC and Santa Fe, NM), I now live near the shores of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, FL. I find peace in broad skies, birdsong, light and reflection over water. My love for the Appalachians lives in my novel Flight. My soul-connection with the high desert of Northern NM lives in my next novel, in progress.

Read what matters to me most here.
And my many lifetimes here, on LinkedIn.


A Few Writings

The Altar of BirdsThe Wayfarer, Vol.3 Issue.2 – Homebound Publications
2014 Pushcart Prize nominee

Know Yourself Better than You Know Anyone Else” a contributing essay in Patti Digh’s What I Wish for You: Simple wisdom for a happy life

A Writer’s Life” guest blog on Marginalia with Nancy Peacock

Mentor and Shift Agent

You’re inspired. Have a project to complete. Need insight on craft or process.
You want to live, work, create at your highest level, but sometimes
feel snagged by the snarlies of life, stuck moving forward.

You long for space, lasting creative freedom.
You need clarity.

I understand. I can help.

I call myself a shift agent because shifts lead to changes. Just consider how much easier that word shift  feels vs. the word change. Ugh. We can try so hard. Rather than feeling the space available for us, we feel what’s not there. Experience what’s not getting done pushing against our insides, suffocating us.

You are not alone. Most inspired writers, whether professional or aspiring, share the same core challenges – clarity, skill, validation, or support for safe passage through the frustrations of life. Help to move forward, complete goals.

Drawing from years of study in craft & process + experience & fields of wisdom from a background of supportive wholistic tools, I support and assist you so you reach your goals. Live and love your best creative life. Experience lasting creative freedom. Practical for living in the real world.

Be inspired. Be empowered.  Contact me for details.

“Heloise is that rare animal, the writer’s editor. She brings the emotion and color of the soulful writer she is to her reading and analysis of your work. Heloise gave me spot-on feedback on point of view and character, and guided me to see where I was better served by scene versus description. Her fresh perspectives allowed me to dive back in with
renewed enthusiasm and inspiration.”
~ Lauri Maerov, NC

Heloise is a Writer’s Therapist! After a short session with her, I wrote two essays, and submitted them to contests. One to a site she told me about. After two years of not submitting anything! I now feel stronger, and ready to move forward with my writing life.
~ Robin Jankiewicz, CA

“A thorough critique of your work by a writer with experience and knowledge of what makes writing work is invaluable. My experience with Heloise gave me connection and insight into my writing flaws and strengths. She has a keen eye and a clear way of communicating…that is encouraging and inspiring. Her feedback resonated and energized me so I could easily fix what didn’t work and make my writing stronger.”
~ Mark Stewart, FL

Heloise Jones is an incredible resource for writers. I met with her and received expert advice regarding my writing goals and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I highly recommend her for help with your writing goals, whether process, craft, or career.
~ Bria Burton, award winning author, FL

Retreats and Workshops

Connect to your Voice. Open to the creative source inside you.
Foremost, have space and time to write, without distractions.
Feel lasting creative freedom to complete your projects.

In collaboration with artists, somatic workers, and other teachers, I offer a signature whole-brained process experience free of judgement and expectation.

Check here for upcoming offerings.


What participants say:

“I admit I showed up with the expectation I would write half my book in the five days I spent there. What I learned turned out to be far more important. The pages I wrote were powerful. The technique used very successful in helping you find the real purpose in what you’re doing, whatever it may be…It’s not just about writing a book, it’s about writing the book you’re truly meant to write. You can only do this in finding your authentic voice.”
~ Chloe Galloway, NM (Deepening Self-Expression and Creativity, Intuitive Painting and Writing Immersion)

“Few people take the time to delve into their psyche to sort things out – either because they haven’t the “time,” or think they don’t deserve such self serving opportunities, or are afraid of what they might find out about themselves. None of those excuses hold up for me anymore after taking this workshop retreat. I grew tenfold…gained a confidence in myself which I badly needed. I signed up not clearly understanding the depth of the exercises – but it was a wonderful surprise and eye opening experience – and whether you’ve written or painted before, or have done neither, this class will allow you to do both in a way you’d never expect. It is an incredible opportunity in a safe, kind, and healthy environment.”
~ Wendy Davis, FL (Deepening Self-Expression and Creativity, Intuitive Painting and Writing Immersion)

“When you feel like you are free falling, imagine yourself being lifted up… totally supported. Thanks for sharing your gifts and creating a safe space for us to share ours, Heloise.”
~ Jane Norton, NC (Deepening Self-Expression and Creativity, Intuitive Painting and Writing Immersion)

“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
~ Mary Oliver

“Creativity — commitment to the creative spirit — is medicine.”
~ Anne Lamott