About Heloise

About Heloise

Author. Coach. Creative Retreats


I’m a novelist, poet, writer’s coach, and workshop facilitator. (learn more)
I’ve always loved the language of life in stories and pictures. To me, reading or writing a novel’s like living a good life. I settle into the world, get to know folks, ride through their ups and downs, share their angst and triumphs, am touched in ways so something shifts inside me. 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’ve worked, filling diverse roles from corporate advertising account manager to micro-brewery owner building the business to activist doing big things to clay artist. 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.

If you ask me about myself I’ll tell you I prefer tea to coffee, walking to running, sunrises to sunsets, quiet to noisy, never loud, 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 live near the shores of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, FL. I track the rhythm of days and seasons by birds and dolphins, shifting tides, the tassels and beads of flowering palms. I watch weather sail across broad skies, light and reflection change on water, the color of air shift with the sun. Asheville is still a destination for friends, fav restaurants, literary connections and pursuits. And every year I sojourn to Santa Fe for endless, saturated blue sky, color and pattern, landscape and vistas, creative exploration, friends, and soul rejuvenation. My love for the Appalachians lives in my novel Flight. My connection with the high desert of Northern NM lives in my next novel, in progress.

See my many lifetimes on LinkedIn.


A Few Writings

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

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 and Karen Salyer McElmurray

Writers Coach and Editor

I assist educators, artists, entrepreneurs, administrators, change agents, healthcare professionals, writers and those who wish to write
• clarify goals, vision, and concept
• get past stuck and judgement, and connect to their creative source
• find the heart of the work where the energy simmers and sparks
• identify the spine of the story, the audience, what they want to say
• develop a plan and effective habits
• improve their writing and written works

I also offer
• critique services
• admission essay services
• mentoring

Contact me for details. I work via phone, email, Skype, or in person.

“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 (writethink.com)

“…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


Connect to your Voice. Open to the creative source inside you.
In collaboration with artists, somatic workers, and other teachers, I offer a whole-brained process experience free of judgement and expectation.

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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, what ever 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


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