About Mary

Surrounded by Bibles, Bible resources, poetry books, books on writing, and family portraits
Surrounded by Bibles, Bible resources, poetry books, books on writing, and family portraits

My Work Space

My 1890's oak desk, reasonably new computer, and I are surrounded by a shelf of family portraits, piled-up shelves of Bibles in almost every English translation, 5 shelves of Bible resources, 3 shelves on various aspects of writing, and 5 shelves of anthologies and poetry books by contemporary, classic, and prize-winning poets.

Writing in All Genres

In early childhood, I began reading the Bible, going to church, and writing poems and never stopped! For most of my adult life though, I wrote almost everything but poetry. First came Bible and contemporary stories written for children's take-home papers published by various church denominations. Then, as my own children grew up, I wrote children's novels, inspirational romance novels, a series of devotional books, and nonfiction books including life-health encyclopedias and a how-to course in poetry!

During those years as a freelance and assignment writer for Christian and educational publishers, I occasionally wrote poems, which I placed with journals, anthologies, and e-zines.

Before I knew it, my word processing file contained hundreds of poems, but each time I tried to select poems for a book, I'd get overwhelmed. Finally, I realized I needed a theme to keep my selections on track.

Since I had enough nature poems for a book, I began there, but as my writings centered more and more on God's Word, I saw I had more than enough Bible-based poems for more than one book. Those poetry books of free verse, prayers, and contemporary psalms, along with books in other genres, can be found on Amazon or the publishers' websites.

Mary Harwell Sayler

Read, study, practice, play!

A poet, writer, editor, pastor, or other communicator for Christ needs plenty of time to pray, study, write, and revise -- and plenty of space to get it done!

As a Christian poet, writer, freelance poetry editor, contest judge, Bible reviewer, poetry reviewer, blogger, lifelong student of the Bible, and Bible discussion leader in most of the mainline church denominations, my work includes 35 books in all genres published by traditional, indie, or educational publishers. I've also self-published a couple of poetry books, a nonfiction book, e-books on poetry, and an e-book guide to help Christian writers get started. Many of these can be found on Amazon.

Take Your Writing to the Next Level!

The Christian Poet's Guide to Writing Poetry (in traditional forms and free verse) will help you to discover the many options you have for your poems.  This e-book version of my former correspondence course shows how to revise your poems to fit a traditional form and how to break lines more effectively in your free verse. An A to Z glossary at the end of the book illustrates unique aspects of the poems discussed. Or, make user-friendly learning even easier with this one-of-a-kind e-book, the Poetry Dictionary For Children & For Fun - an A to Z guide to poetry forms, meter, and more for classrooms or creative kids of any age (including adult!) And, if poetry isn't your thing, discover your options for writing, revising, and getting published in all genres in the Christian Writer's Guide e-book. If you want one-on-one feedback from Mary on your poems, picture book text, devotionals, or book proposals, Contact Us with a brief description of your project, length, and intended audience for a quote on the reasonably priced fee.