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 full-time 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 all aspects of the reading and writing process including adult literacy teaching, poetry writing, journal writing, literature and reading and writing as personal growth. I have a keen interest in family history and historical fiction. I am also interested in break-through strategies in the work sphere: leadership, innovation, productivity, planning, strategy and managing introversion in public roles.
I love reading blogs, writing my own and engaging online through e-courses and e-communities. I am an avid student in online courses on writing and blogging including Sage Cohen’s ‘Poetry for the People’ in 2009-10 and Susannah Conway’s e-courses ‘Unravelling‘ in 2010-11 and ‘Blogging from the Heart‘ in 2012 . In 2013, I’m focussing on ‘The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge‘ and Danielle LaPorte’s ‘Desire Map‘ as key reading, writing and personal development projects. I’m also embarking on Susannah Conway’s ‘Journal your life‘ course to reconnect with journalling, a long time love I have lost somewhere along the way.
‘Transcending‘ is about different ways of rising above, cutting through, strategising and connecting and provides an opportunity to muse and reflect on my core values of creativity, 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, authenticity, celebrating reading and a writing life, and especially hope to celebrate the lyricism of this in my own journey and in connecting with others on similar journeys.
I look forward to connecting with and learning from you.