About Terri



Hi, I’m Terri Connellan and I live and write in Sydney surrounded by beach and bush. I work in creative bursts between the spaces of a leadership role in the adult vocational education sector.  A published poet with qualifications in language and literature, teaching and adult education, I have a passionate interest in books and the reading and writing process including journal writing, poetry writing, literature, adult literacy teaching, and reading and writing as personal growth.

Quiet Writing is the summary of my passions and Core Desired Feelings of:

creative, intuitive, flowing, poetic and connected

To explain, I love the words of Monicka Clio Sakki, creator of the Sakki Sakki tarot deck:

The Artist is still an Artist even behind the closed curtains. Being an Artist is a process, not a state.”

Quiet Writing is about the strength that comes from working quietly in writing and other spheres to create, coalesce, influence and connect. It provides an opportunity to muse and reflect on my core values of creativity, intuition, resilience and strength, and the interplay between them.  In this, I draw on and connect my various experiences and interests as well as connecting with others who share them.

I gain great heart from reading about the journeys of those who seek and enjoy things like creativity, the gifts of introversion, authenticity and celebrating a reading and writing life, and especially hope to celebrate the lyricism of this in my own journey and in connecting with others on similar journeys.

I am an introvert, an INTJ, interested in the power and value of quieter ways of being and working in contexts such as writing, leadership, influence, innovation, productivity, planning, strategy and managing introversion in public roles.

I’m very influenced by my surroundings and I choose to live by the sea in a quiet place that is my sanctuary and sacred creative space.

I love engaging online through e-courses and e-communities and enjoy learning via podcasts. And I so love Instagram and my creative kindred souls in that space. I have a keen interest in family history and historical fiction. I have a great passion for the intuitive arts like astrology, tarot, oracle cards and symbolism and am a huge fan of Carl Jung. I love the depth of these exquisite adventures each day.

Key influences, connections and reading, writing and personal development projects include:

This blog was initially called Transcending and it is contained intact within Quiet Writing with all its history as that journey has led to this one. The spirit of Celebrating the extraordinary power of the ordinary self: strategies for rising above, cutting through and connecting continues in Quiet Writing as a secret power and all of the work created in Transcending is entirely resonant with the theme of quiet writing.

I look forward to connecting with you and learning from you and I encourage you to connect with me as we quietly write our unique voices into the world.

Terri x



  • Reply nanettefayephotography April 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Terri, your blog is beautiful. I am enjoying looking around and reading your posts! And this photo of you is so pretty!

    • Reply terriv April 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Nanette – thanks for visiting and for your positive feedback! Terri

  • Reply Meg and Gosia May 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Your writing is lovely, Terri. I would love to hear more about how your historical novel is developing. I have recently joined Twitter with username meg_e_r so hopefully be in touch over there.

  • Reply Jessica White December 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Dear Terri,

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you in this roundabout way, but I’m writing on behalf of the Australian Women Writers Challenge team and would like to thank you for your participation in the AWW challenge this year. I was also wondering if you’ve seen our feedback survey?


    It’s very quick (10 questions, mostly check boxes, takes 2 minutes) and it will provide useful feedback to Bookseller & Publisher.

    Even if you didn’t reach your goal this year, your feedback is valued, and I hope you’ll join us again for AWW Challenge 2013.

    Kind regards,

    • Reply terriv December 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Jessica – thanks for your message. I have already completed the survey and look forward to the AWW Challenge 2013. Terri

  • Reply masha July 26, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Terri, it’s lovely to get to know you. You’re blog is beautiful and your message is inspiring. I am looking forward to getting to know you. <3

  • Reply hafong September 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Terri: visiting from Instagram.


  • Reply Kellie September 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Hi, Terri!
    Congratulations on this fresh, new start for your beautiful blog and business! I have enjoyed connecting with you on Instagram and look forward to exploring your writings here as well. It takes courage and hard work to do what you are doing–and it is inspiring to see! Wishing you success and satisfaction and the achievement of your goals in ways that are in full alignment with your values and ways of being. Lots of love and strength to you!???

    • Reply Terri September 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you Kellie – I have enjoyed connecting with you also and great that you are visiting here also! You are right- it does take a little courage and work but I am oh so enjoying it – as you say, being in full alignment is very satisfying. Look forward to connecting here and thank you for the love and strength likewise returned to you! Terri x

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