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Workshop group from 2016, Write By The Lake workshop


Jan. 26 - Feb. 4, 2018

Next winter marks the eighteenth Guatemalan workshop (WBTL), with a time-tested format in a rare and magical location—the Mayan village of San Marcos La Laguna, surrounded by five volcanoes, on the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.  (You’llenjoy an additional overnight stay in the lovely town of Antigua prior to arriving at Lake Atitlan.)  Joyce welcomes writers of all levels, from those publishing work or completing MFA’s to others just beginning to pursue writing. 

No matter what level writer you are, Joyce Maynard can make you better. She knows how to distill a story to its essence and help you shape it into a compelling experience for the reader.


Dec. 17, 2017

Join Joyce and up to seven other writers in her home for an intensive one-day workshop. Over the course of the day, each person's writing will be individually workshopped. Other topics covered will concern both issues of craft and more global questions, such as identifying one's themes; creating a structure; the relationship between memoir and history; locating one's voice; the ethics and personal issues associated with telling stories from our own lives; and the writing process itself. (This includes the terror of NOT writing, and the many impediments we throw in our way to keep us from telling our stories.)

This was the most extraordinary writing experience I’ve ever had. Thanks to Joyce’s individualized feedback and general writing lessons, I feel like I have some essential tools for writing well in my very own voice.