Joyce Maynard
Joyce Maynard
Author, Teacher

Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story, “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life”, in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale.

Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, MORE, Salon, and many more. Her essays have been widely published in collections, and featured in The New York Times. As a fiction writer she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

For the last ten years, Maynard has run her week-long WRITE BY THE LAKE writing workshop on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, where she has a home. She also teaches at the Maine Media Workshop for several weeks each summer, and holds one-day intensive workshops at her home in California.

Maynard is the author of fifteen books, including the novel To Die For and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World—translated into twelve languages. Her novel, Labor Day, is currently being developed as a motion picture to be adapted and directed by Jason Reitman. Her latest novel, After Her, was released in August of 2013.

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    Joyce Maynard's Homemade Apple Pie
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    Joyce Maynard shows you how to make her famous apple pie, adapted from a family recipe and featured in the upcoming film adaptation of her novel, “Labor Day.”

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