Happy Lighthouse Writers in the dining room at the Milheim House.

Workshops & Endorsements

Since 2009, Joy's taught poetry and intro to creative writing classes at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Other workshops include: The Poetic Imagination of Denise Levertov, Christian Wiman's Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet, Contemporary Poetics & the Cultural Self, and The Art of Slow Writing.

To sign up for creative writing workshops, visit the Lighthouse Writers Workshop website: www.lighthousewriters.org


NEW: Write Now: The Poetry of William Stafford (4-week), Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4. Generative poetry workshop sponsored by BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO. MORE INFO COMING SOON.


AUGUST-NOVEMBER 2017

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Mon., August 14. THIS CLASS IS FULL

NEW: Daytime Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Wed., September 13, 10 am-12 pm. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Spark and Re-Spark: A Creative Writing Refresh (4-week), beginning Sat., September 16.

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Mon, September 18. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Tues., Oct. 17. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Spark and ReSpark: A Creative Writing Refresh (4-week), beginning Sat., Oct. 21. 3 SLOTS LEFT

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Tues., Nov. 14.

NEW: Daytime Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Wed., Nov. 15, 10 am-12 pm.

Spark and ReSpark: A Creative Writing Refresh (4-week), beginning Sat., Nov. 18


MARCH-JULY 2017

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Mon., March 20. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Spark and Re-Spark: A Creative Writing Refresh (4-week), beginning Sat., March 25. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Mon., April 17. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Spark and Re-Spark: A Creative Writing Refresh (4-week), beginning Sat., April 29. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Daytime Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Fri., July 14. THIS CLASS IS FULL


JANUARY-MARCH 2017

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Mon., January 9. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Art of Slow Writing (4-week), beginning Wed., January 11.

NEW: Spark and Re-Spark: A Creative Writing Refresh (four-week), beginning Sat., Jan. 14

NEW: Colorado Writing School: Jumpstart and Juice-Up Your High Gear Writing Year: A Generative Workshop, Thurs., January 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. For more info: www. coloradowritingschool.com

NEW: Poetry West Workshop, Colorado Springs. Sat., February 4, 10 am-12 pm, Hooked on Books, 12 E. Bijou. RSVP to Jim at (719) 419-7660

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere (4-week), beginning Mon., February 13. THIS CLASS IS FULL

NEW: Spark and Re-Spark: A Creative Writing Refresh (four-week), beginning Sat., Feb. 18. THIS CLASS IS FULL


A few words about Joy's classes from past students:

Loved the writing exercises and prompts, book recommendation list from Lighthouse faculty, readings and discussions of all the avenues of being a writer. Joy is very enthusiastic and encouraging. She radiates a love for good writing, and she makes people want to share and participate. --S.


[The Levertov poetry workshop] was one of the most inspiring classes I have ever taken at Lighthouse--which is saying a lot since I've taken 13 1/​2 years of classes! Joy is a fantastic facilitator--so gifted, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. I loved the depth of this workshop. -- S.


Joy gives you an honest perspective of what it means to be a poet and writer. She is always encouraging and helpful, even while clearly communicating what writing well will cost you. I will definitely take more classes [at Lighthouse] because I truly want to grow and get better. -- J.


[Joy] was encouraging, supportive, warm, enthusiastic, and a great advocate of Lighthouse and its offerings. She was clearly passionate about our personal development as writers and connecting us with both reading and writing resources to grow. I appreciated the class format and the variety of exercises, as well as the design of the class to guide discovery of our own unique writing process. --M.


Joy manages to be both challenging and accessible in her teaching. She doesn't dumb down anything, even though this was a course for beginners. She was also incredible at giving each student specific and focused attention, which was a feat given the number and diversity of the students in our class. --J.



Selected Works

Poetry Book
"Blends the verbal alacrity and formal complexity of Gerard Manley Hopkins with the ironic verve and cultural awareness of Allen Ginsberg." --Paul J. Willis, former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate
Poetry Therapy Textbook
Revised and updated the third edition of the classic academic textbook by Arleen McCarty Hynes and Mary Hynes-Berry (North Star Press, 2012).
Nonfiction Books
"A rich and enriching book, a gift of both poetry and faith" --Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties

Poetry Links