Quiet Joy

(c) 2023 Adair Heitmann

Quiet joy fills me
Sustained creative writing
Bears fruit with awards

15 years ago, I taught an on-going writing workshop at a public library for six years. The group met twice a month, year-round. It consisted of steady, dedicated writers, all of us developing our craft. I also co-wrote a Fairfield Writers Blog. I used to sign off with my signature of “Keep on writing,” when I emailed my group or posted a motivational blog, filled with practical information.

That steadiness pays off. It sounds simple, “Keep on writing,” but for me, it really works. Writing helps me process my life. It helps me find grace where there was once turmoil, it provides an outlet for my active mind, and when needed, it soothes my aching heart.

I’m a nature enthusiast and writing provides an opportunity for exploring Mother Nature and Human Nature in deeply magical ways. In sharing my writing in essays, books, poems, storytelling, and speeches, I discover my work inspires others.

I’m happy to announce I won four awards from the 2022 Connecticut Press Club Professional Communications Contest!
First Place: Personal Essay – “Overcoming Fear With Help from the Whales” published in the book Animals: Personal Encounters With Spirit Animals by Sacred Stories Publishing

Second Place: Speeches – “A.R.T.: Action, Reflection, Transformation” original homily about recovery after loss, presented live at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport, CT

Third Place: Speeches – “Art Saved My Life: Journey of a Lifetime” PechaKucha-Bridgeport, original personal experience visual storytelling about transformation and reflection presented live the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, CT with 20 fast moving images.

Winner: Personal Website – Adair Wilson Heitmann My website introduces the public to my professional work. It promotes me as an artist, writer, teacher of programs and workshops, and as a storyteller. The hero images are my photographs as well as many of the others.

Creativity and wellness message for today: Stay active in your craft. Keep finding your joy and keep putting one foot in front of the other by doing the hard work.