Joyce Allen was raised in Springfield, Illinois,
“… where the ghost of Abraham Lincoln prowled the streets and shared eminence with Jesus, and where more recently Barack Obama first declared his candidacy. My mother was an active free-lance writer, so a life involved with words seemed natural.”
Joyce has lived in a number of places in the country, but has made her home in and around the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area of North Carolina for so long that by now she almost counts as a native.
She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and got serious about it in the mid 1960s. Her publications include an early novel, Stranger in Our Darkness, (Moore Publishing Co.) as well as short fiction and personal essays in various periodicals. Recent publications include the novel Hannah’s House, (Wolf’s Pond Press, 2008) and the first two books of the Threads fantasy trilogy: Those Who Hold the Threads (Wolf’s Pond Press 2011; e-reader editions, Lystra Press 2011) and The Threads of Earth (Wolf’s Pond Press, 2014, e-editions, Lystra Press, 2014.) She is currently working on the third book of the trilogy: Threads of Destiny.
Joyce taught adult writing classes and workshops starting in 1992. In 2017, she retired from teaching, though she continues to write. She taught for 23 years at the ArtsSchool in Carrboro; she taught the Novel-in-Progress class in the Duke University Continuing Studies program for many years; and she has given other writing classes in that program and in the Duke OLLI program. She has led writing workshops for a number of organizations, and a regular workshop focused on fiction and creative non-fiction.
In her professional career, Joyce served as manager of the student program in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This was a position that allowed her close connection with a wide variety of people, a great gift for a writer. She assures these wonderful people that she has used none of them as characters in her work.
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