May 18 - 2017

30: How to Write Your True Story with Joyce Maynard

About the Episode

The format for this episode is a little different. Today we’re bringing you a guest teacher, because we think it’s smart to get different perspectives. Joyce Maynard is one of Andrea’s favorite teachers in the world. Joyce has 17 books and has been writing for 50 years. She started when since she was 13. Andrea asked Joyce to read and deconstruct her essay, Letting it Fly which was originally published in 1997 in the New York Times Lives Column.

In the interview, Joyce explains what goes into writing a great story and tells us her secrets to making a good essay great.

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