Sustenance: 

An online community designed  to help writers hone their craft and find connection.

We’re a vibrant community of poets and nonfiction writers and those who identify anywhere in between.  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.

An online community designed to help writers hone their craft and find connection.

Sustenance is a space open to writers of any genre, but we primarily focus on poetry and nonfiction (like lyrical essays). 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. 

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This month, in Sustenance:

Upcoming Guest Speakers


Leslie Jamison: July 14
at 12pm PT

SOlD Out

Elissa Bassist: June 26
at 5pm PT

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A select number of outside tickets are available for these events. Get details and purchase your ticket by clicking below.

I am so incredibly thankful for this community. I looked at a piece I wrote in March, thought about the most recent poem I finished and almost couldn’t believe the difference. I’m so grateful for all the friends I’ve made here, all the writing I have been exposed to, and all the emotional support I’ve received along the journey. You’ve created something so special here, Joy Sullivan, and we love you!

—Kate B.

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Joining Sustenance has enriched my life in ways I didn't know I needed. This group and Joy's guidance has been the catalyst for so much good and necessary change.

—Elisa L.

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Joy has done a beautiful job creating and facilitating Sustenance. Anytime I feel discouraged or out of creative juice, I return to this space knowing I'll be excited to write again. I am grateful for her teaching of craft, for the powerful guests she's had come, and the brilliant community that resides.

—Rachel R.

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Sustenance has been transformative for my writing practice! Joy has created a container where I feel seen and valued as a writer while receiving truly helpful and impactful feedback. It has been the best investment in my writing journey.

—Jordan S.

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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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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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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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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

Gather for prompt-driven hour of writing alongside peers. We begin with a craft lesson and analysis.

Generative WRiting Hours

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

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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

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Joining Sustenance is a now an annual commitment.
Your subscription will renew every 12 months unless you choose to cancel.

JOIN the Waitlist

Access to: 
• Monthly office hours with me
• Live monthly workshopswith acclaimed guest authors
• Writing showcase forum 
• Generative writing circles with me
• Monthly challenges
• Member-led live events
• Writing buddy groups
• Immediate access to video library including previous workshops with me and other guest speakers ($4,500 value)

  Access to: 
• Monthly office hours with me
• Live monthly workshops with acclaimed guest authors 
• Writing showcase forum 
•  Generative writing circles with me
• Monthly challenges
• Member-led live events
• Writing buddy groups
• Immediate access to video library including previous workshops with me and other guest speakers ($4,500 value)




$1100 For ANNUAL Subscription

Our community is currently full.
We'll let you know as soon as space opens up.

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 a one year commitment?

Sustenance is modeled after an MFA program, without the price tag. The community is designed to encourage cohesive and holistic participation, and an investment of time and participation is necessary to see the full benefits. 


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.


When are your live events?

Timing of our live events varies, but typically weekday offerings happen around 12pm or 5pm Pacific time, and our weekend offerings are often held around 10am Pacific time.


Are scholarships available? 

Yes, I offer a half-price discounted  scholarships to members who identify with under-represented communities such as BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Please send an email to sustenancewritingcommunity@gmail.com to inquire about the waitlist.


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

Sustenance meets writers where they are. This is membership that allows you grow at your on rate. Beginners are welcome.


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 are required to attend at least one live event before requesting a refund.  

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 a half-price discounted scholarships to members who identify with
under-represented communities such as BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Please send an email to sustenancewritingcommunity@gmail.com to inquire about the waitlist.

When are your live events?

Timing of our live events varies, but typically our main weekday offerings happen around 12pm or 5pm Pacific time, and our main weekend offerings are often held around 10am Pacific time. 

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

Sustenance meets writers where they are. This is membership that allows you to grow at your on rate. Beginners are welcome. 

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 are required to attend at least one live event before requesting a refund.

Why a one year commitment?

Sustenance is modeled after an MFA program, without the price tag. The community is designed to encourage cohesive and holistic participation, and an investment of time and participation is necessary to see the full benefits. 

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