Sustenance: 

A creative community designed 

to revitalize your writing practice.

We’re a vibrant community of poets, novelists, playwrights, and those who simply love to write. No matter where you are in your journey, from seasoned writer to just starting out, this is a place to nourish your practice, find community, and reach your goals.

A creative community designed to revitalize your writing practice.

Sustenance is a space open to writers of any genre. It’s a community designed to help you evolve and experiment at any stage of your writing journey. Through weekly craft lessons, enthusiastic support, live monthly workshops, prompts, and feedback, you'll discover how to cultivate and unleash your voice. 

Whether you’re just dabbling or fully dedicated to the craft of writing, Sustenance helps you gain traction, find friends, and get fed. 

Become a member

Sustenance has changed my entire creative practice. The feedback and support you receive in this group is immense. There’s so much knowledge and creativity in this community and people share it generously. Joy is always so warm and supportive and her extensive experience in the craft has helped me improve my writing so much.

—Amy S.

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With Sustenance, Joy has provided a valuable platform for a community of writers and artists alike. Curiosity and growth are encouraged and creativity is nurtured. My time spent within this community has allowed for me to develop a greater appreciation for the writing craft, and an improved ability to self-critique my own work with a forgiving and yet analytical eye.

—Fayth S. 

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This poetry group has been a breath of fresh air for me this year. I’m not a writer by trade but this group has blossomed my creativity, helped me find my voice, and has exposed me to stunning pieces in progress by other members. The feedback from the group is invaluable and the workshops always leave me inspired and holding on to a firmer grasp of the craft.

—Nicole S.

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Joy is, by far, the most skilled and generous guide I've encountered. I am a teacher by trade, trained in pedagogy and learning styles. When I meet a skilled educator, I relax knowing that I’m in expert hands. Joy is that kind of teacher: passionate about her craft, skilled in the art of communication, and responsive to the needs of her community. All this and an extraordinary poet who walks her talk with the utmost humility. I am enormously grateful for all that I have learned from her.

—Sue Ann G. 

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Sustenance has provided a place to meet other wonderful creatives but also a healing space for all of us who have run from our calling and are finding our way home. Joy is beyond generous in sharing the craft and what she has learned in her journey. Sustenance is a worthy investment.

—Holly T.

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Get Started

How it works...

Get access to every workshop I’ve ever taught as well as the replay of all guest speaker visits. 

Video library 

Stay connected between workshops and meetups in our live community chat space where we share ideas, challenges, questions, and inspiration.  

Monthly workshops

Learn from widely published authors, teachers, and writing experts live every month. 

Community chat

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the choices behind my process and poetics. 

Weekly mini-craft
lessons

Share on-going work, get feedback, and offer one another new lenses through which to approach a project. 

Open writing forum

Every month, you can sign up to have your work critiqued by me along with a fellow group of supportive writers.

Office hours 

Behind the Scenes...

Behind the  Scenes...

Writing is a lonely business, but it doesn’t have to be. This is a ridiculously friendly community that is absolutely hell-bent on keeping you accountable to your goals and seeing you succeed. 

Find friends

Learn to share your work and get deeply supportive feedback to revolutize how you write.  

Receive feedback

We have a whole forum dedicated to open residencies, calls for submissions and awesome places to submit.  

Find opportunities 

Fall back in love with your creative life through monthly prompts, readings, and access to the work of fellow writers and creatives. 

Get inspired

From weekly lessons to on-going workshops, learning how to improve our craft is our key focus.

Learn, learn, learn 

Benefits

Become a member

I’ve been writing poetry for nearly 20 years. I went to grad school for poetry, taught creative writing for several years, and am the author of Instructions for Traveling West (forthcoming from Dial Press/Random House).  It took me a long time to find the kind of spaces and community that truly honed my craft. I spent a lot of time and money searching for spaces that were genuinely nourishing. I wanted to offer fellow writers something better—a community where people could experience all the benefits of a grad school program—intensive workshops, group feedback, and kind mentorship— without the financial and time investment. And thus, Sustenance was born. 

A bit about me

Join us.

Cancel any time. 30 day money back guarantee. 

JOIN Sustenance

  Access to: 
• Monthly office hours with me
• Live monthly workshops with acclaimed     guest authors 
• Peer feedback writing forum 
•Community town halls
• Monthly prompts and readings
• Member-led live events
• Writing buddy groups
• Immediate access to video library               including previous workshops with me       ($600 value)




  Access to: 
• Monthly office hours with me
• Live monthly workshops with acclaimed guest authors 
• Peer feedback writing forum 
•Community town halls
• Monthly prompts and readings
• Member-led live events
• Writing buddy groups
• Immediate access to video library including previous workshops with me ($600 value)




$70/month

Why this community? 

The absolute best way to grow as a writer is through ongoing inspiration, constructive feedback, and on-going lessons based in craft. That's what you’ll find here. Forums to get feedback, monthly prompts to spur progress, office hours to hear your work thoughtfully discussed and monthly workshops with acclaimed authors to revolutionize your approach. 



Why this price point? 

Sustenance’s mission is to support writers at all points in their journey. That also means that I pay the expert authors that I bring in a fair compensation for their time. This price point also reflects that members are serious about contributing and engaging fully.


Are scholarships available? 

Yes, I offer multiple two-month scholarships  to members who identify with under-represented communities such as BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Please inquire directly for details.


What if I’m just starting out as a writer? 

Sustenance meets writers where they are. Not sure you’re ready to attend monthly workshops? Jump in on the Basic Plan and start with weekly mini-lessons. 


Can I gift a month to a friend? 

Absolutely! Send me an email at joyelizabethsullivan@gmail.com and we’ll make it happen. 


What if I join and this isn’t a good fit? 

No worries. I have a 30 day money back guarantee so if this community doesn’t meet your expectations, I’ll give you a refund. You also are able to cancel any time. 

Why this community? 

The absolute best way to grow as a writer is through ongoing inspiration, constructive feedback, and on-going lessons based in craft. That's what you’ll find here. Forums to get feedback, monthly prompts to spur progress, office hours to hear your work thoughtfully discussed and monthly workshops with acclaimed authors to revolutionize your approach. 

FAQs

Why this price point? 

Sustenance’s mission is to support writers at all points in their journey. That also means that I pay the expert authors that I bring in a fair compensation for their time. This price point also reflects that members are serious about contributing and engaging fully.

Are scholarships available? 

Yes, I offer multiple two-month scholarships to members who identify with under-represented communities such as BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Please inquire directly for details.

What if I’m just starting out as a writer? 

Sustenance meets writers where they are. Not sure you’re ready to attend monthly workshops? Jump in on the Basic Plan and start with weekly mini-lessons. 

Can I gift a month to a friend? 

Absolutely! Send me an email at joyelizabethsullivan@gmail.com and we’ll make it happen.

What if I join and this isn’t a good fit? 

No worries. I have a 30 day money back guarantee so if this community doesn’t meet your expectations, I’ll give you a refund. You also are able to cancel any time. 

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