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, Lifeguards (Conundrum Press) and Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet 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 many 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. 

Joy is available for one-on-one writing coaching, as well as speaking engagements and teaching a wide variety of writing workshops. If you or a group you know wants to write, feel free to drop her a line on her "Contact" page.


Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Since 2009, Joy has taught a wide variety of writing and poetry workshops at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Some of these include the popular Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere, Spark and ReSpark: A Creative Writing Refresh, Poetry 101, The Poetry of Play and Pleasure, Poetry Day Spa, and The Poetry of Affection.

She has also offered four-week workshops on poets Denise Levertov, Christian Wiman, William Stafford, and Naomi Shihab Nye, as well as a recent recurring workshop, Writing for Personal Transformation, which focuses on writing for healing and self-understanding.

In addition to her regular workshops, Joy also helps facilitate many of Lighthouse's community outreach programs. She teaches the Denver Central, Arvada, and Edgewater Library's Hard Times writing workshops, designed for people experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, and other "hard times," as well as Writing to Be Free, a workshop for women transitioning out of incarceration. 


Joy was the recipient of Lighthouse's 2019 Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. 

Writing Coaching 

Joy is available for both local and distance writing coaching.  Her fresh, kind, encouraging approach is uniquely helpful to both beginning and experienced writers, and she uses her special expertise in writing blocks, reflective goal setting, and creating a nourishing writing life to help writers work on poetry, memoir, personal essays, and fiction.

For a free consultation, visit the "Contact" page and drop her a line. She'd be happy to speak with you about your unique writing needs.