Honored to be asked to join an amazingly gifted group of readers, writers, thinkers and pilgrims, Joy taught the Writer's Workshops for the C.S. Lewis Foundation's Summer Institute, Oxbridge 2008 and 2011, in Great Britain. Writing workshop participants explored the soul's search for meaning through story, encouraged and critiqued one another's work, and focused on key hurdles such as perseverance in the face of rejection and crafting a life of purpose, artistic creation and peace.
Below, the writer's workshop, "The Scribblings," of Oxbridge 2011 gathers for a garden party at the home of the lyrical poet and gracious rector Malcolm Guite
The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright
It's been a delight to lead quite a few different events in the Lone Star State, such as the Panhandle Professional Writers' Group conference, "Frontiers in Writing"; a writer's workshop, "More Than a Hobby," at Camp Allen outside Houston, Texas; and an inter-generational retreat, "Splashed with Promise," on Mustang Island for an Episcopal church.
Mustang Island, Texas, where Joy led an inter-generational weekend retreat for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Texas Panhandle, above and directly below, thanks to Amarillo College's adopting Blue Hole Back Home as their 2014 Common Reader, and integrating the novel in classes across the curriculum.
Need to Get Away Sometimes and Let Silence Speak? Yeah. Me, too.
If you're planning a retreat and need a plenary speaker or workshop facilitator, we welcome you to contact the author. A voracious reader, from classic literature to contemporary commercial fiction, Joy loves bringing the lives and lessons of earlier writers to life, and exploring connections between spiritual and creative expression.
Joy particularly enjoys seeing participants set new writing goals for themselves, and, inspired by examples of established writers over the centuries and by their community of writers at the retreat, consider how, specifically, they can continue improving their craft.
Fairhope, Alabama, where Joy spoke to the area's warm and gifted writers' group, the Pensters--and, yep, envied their gorgeous bayside surroundings