Author Profile

Meredith Maran

Meredith Maran

Like a lot of women her age, MEREDITH MARAN has a hard time believing she’s a woman of her age. And yet she’s published, and been on the speaking circuit with, more than a dozen books, including The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention, Why We Write About Ourselves, Why We Write, My Lie: A True Story of False Memory, Dirty: A Search for Answers Inside America’s Teenage Drug Epidemic, and Class Dismissed: A Year in the Life of an American High School. When she’s not hiking Mount Hollywood, attending readings at indie bookstores, or scouring Los Angeles’ finest thrift shops, she's writing for venues including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and Salon. The grateful recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a Silver Lake bungalow that’s even older than she is.

Meredith has been a keynote speaker at venues including the SNAP Conference, the California Writer's Club, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Charles Schwab Foundation, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Educators for Social Responsibility, and the Education Writers of America. She’s been Writer in Residence at UCLA and at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, and a fellow at MacDowell, YaddoVirginia Center for the Creative ArtsMesa Refuge, and Ragdale.

The author of a dozen nonfiction books and an acclaimed novel, Meredith is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the MacDowell Fellows West. She writes features, essays, and book reviews for People, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Simple, Mother Jones, Good Housekeeping, and other publications.

She lives in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

"Thank you for teaching the workshop on "Writing the Hard Stuff." The MFA students found the workshop very challenging and even more rewarding."
-- Kate Daniels, Associate Professor, MFA program, Vanderbilt University

"Thank you for sharing from your heart your experiences, insights and perspectives. You have already ignited many conversations around our children and students, particularly in the high school years. You have touched our spirits."
-- Jane Lee, Curriculum Specialist, Alameda Unified School District

"Your presentation yesterday was a real hit! I had lots of unusually positive feedback. One of our non-member guests came to me after the session and said, in effect, "If this is an example of the speakers you have at these meetings, how do I join?" We all appreciate your enthusiasm and detailed coverage. Several also mentioned how much they appreciated the takeaways. I'm a fiction writer and found those takeaways of value for my writing as well."
-- Jack Russ, President, California Writers Club

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Meredith Maran, WTAW April 12, 2012