About Joyce

Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and two chapbooks of poetry.  Her first novel, Center Line, won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel.  Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997.  Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel,  Headlock (Holt 2006), won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards and was chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. 


Her first chapbook of poems, IMPERMANENCE , was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press.

Her second chapbook, entitled WAKE UP, was released in 2016.   


Joyce has also been a writing teacher and coach for 25 years, beginning with teaching five-week classes for the Florida Center for the Book, moving to ongoing invitation only workshops and finally to online classes, which reach students nationally and internationally.  Developing strong bonds with the students she critiques and instructs is her hallmark.  She believes that writers need emotional support as well as strong, craft-based teaching if they are to make the long, arduous, but very worthwhile journey to traditional publication.  At this writing, 61 of Joyce’s students have successfully made this journey and obtained traditional publishing contracts.  


In 2011, Joyce and a coalition of local playwrights, directors and actors formed The Playgroup LLC, which conducts workshops for playwrights and actors and produces original works by local playwrights.  The Playgroup currently presents three productions a year at their home base, The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton.  


Recently Joyce has been working on an adult fantasy series about the Atlantis myth. The first book in this series is called The Secret Song. Joyce is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour agency.


Joyce lives in Coral Springs with her husband, Jay and caffeine-addicted cat, Nitro. 


www.sweeneywritingcoach.com.  Facebook page: Sweeney Writing Coach.