Joy Roulier Sawyer

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Joy Roulier Sawyer

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Joy Roulier Sawyer holds an MA from New York University, where she received the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing. The author of several nonfiction books, she's also published two poetry collections, Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press), and Lifeguards (Conundrum Press), and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. Joy's poetry, essays, and fiction appear in Books & Culture, LIGHT Quarterly, Lilliput Review, Mars Hill Review, New York Quarterly, St. Petersburg Review, Theology Today, and others. She also holds a master's degree in counseling, and her professional training in writing therapy gives her special interest and expertise in writer's block, writing exercises, and the writing process. For her longtime work in the field, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Poetry Therapy. In addition to her regular workshops, Joy helps facilitate Lighthouses's Hard Times community outreach workshops at the Central, Arvada, and Edgewater Libraries, as well as Writing to Be Free, a workshop for women transitioning out of incarceration. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lighthouse Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence.

Classes with Joy Roulier Sawyer

4-Week: Writing and Personal Transformation (Zoom)
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, Poetry

4-Week: Writing and Personal Transformation (Zoom)

February 10, 2022

4-Week: Spark and Re-Spark—Re-Ignite Your Craft and Creativity (Zoom)
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, Poetry

4-Week: Spark and Re-Spark—Re-Ignite Your Craft and Creativity (Zoom)

January 13, 2022

Writing 101
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, Poetry

4-Week: Writing 101—Gotta Start Somewhere (Zoom)

January 11, 2022

Joy Roulier Sawyer's Published Work

Joy’s approach to critiquing work was generous and genuine. Her knowledge of the craft of writing, as well as her desire to help all of us develop a writing practice, was helpful. A great class!
Anne Makeever

Joy Roulier Sawyer's Articles

Lighthouse Blog

Songs Aboard the Women’s Freedom Train: Writing to Be Free

March 30, 2018

“I write myself out of nightmares and into my dreams,” says Terry Tempest Williams, in her essay “Why I Write.” “I wr

Lighthouse Blog

There's Gold in That Story

November 07, 2017

I once enrolled in a New York City workshop taught by a widely respected older poet.