JOYCE MAYNARD
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WORKSHOPS

View from a writing nook. (Photo: Marcy Maloy, 2018)

View from a writing nook. (Photo: Marcy Maloy, 2018)

WRITE BY THE LAKE

March 15 - 24, 2019 (Guatemala)

Next winter marks the 19th 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’ll enjoy an additional overnight stay in the lovely town of Antigua prior to arriving at Lake Atitlan.)  Joyce welcomes female writers of all levels, from those publishing work or completing MFA’s to others just beginning to pursue writing. Renowned Chef Henry Lehr and a welcoming staff nurture you with over-the-top amazing food and massages, leaving you free to think only about your story. 

A cozy and intimate space…note the trusty and famed whiteboard.

A cozy and intimate space…note the trusty and famed whiteboard.

ONE DAY INTENSIVE

April 13, 2019 (New Haven, CT)

For anyone who has wanted to move up to a new level with his or her writing by studying with Joyce, but lacks the time for a longer experience: this workshop is a great place to start.  The class takes place over a single intense day (plus an evening to get acquainted, the night before).  By the end of the day, all 8 writers will have seen how Joyce takes apart—and puts back together—eight pieces of memoir in a way that transforms everyone in the group into a stronger, clearer, and more authentic writer. That’s a big promise to make, but it comes from Joyce’s 20+ years of experience in teaching the art of memoir in workshops like this one. 

Begin your writing days with clarity. (Photo: Emily Kelting, 2018)

Begin your writing days with clarity. (Photo: Emily Kelting, 2018)

WRITE BY THE DOCK

July 11 - 14, 2019 (New Hampshire)

Join Joyce in her home (in southwestern NH) for a three-day workshop on memoir and personal storytelling. This workshop is a mid-length retreat, with plenty of time for individual writing and workshopping in a group setting. 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.
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.

Can't make it to one of these? Check out the highly acclaimed online workshop through Creative Live.