Meredith Maran Reads About Bisexual Eroticism


“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

"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

"You were asked to participate in our Leadership Workshop Series pane on Education Reform because of your expertise and reputation as a thought-leader in education. We have received a great deal of positive feedback on the quality of the panel and the caliber of the panelists from the students, community leaders, alumni, and staff. By all accounts, it was a success."
-NaSun Cho, Program Coordinator, Stanford Graduate School of Business

"The feedback I've gotten from those who attended the show has been overwhelmingly positive and the consensus, both from students who were at The Neutral Zone and those who saw you in school, was that it was refreshing and enlightening to finally hear someone speak "straight up" about drugs and, to borrow the phrase of ultimate praise from young people -- "keep it real." We could not have asked for more from you and I appreciate the passion and sincerity you brought to each of the readings."
-Jeff Kass, Poet in Residence, Ann Arbor (MI) School District

"We want to thank you again for your presentation. The situations of the individuals you researched for your book gave insight to the complexities of the lives of teenagers today. Your presentation was both interesting and thought-provoking."
-Lisa Livian, Director, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Contra Costa County

"Your presentation was a vital part of our program, generated enthusiastic comments from our participants, and went a long way toward ensuring the total success of the Symposium. We extend our thanks for your support of public education administrators in California."
-Phil Quon, Chair, Association of California School Administrators

"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

"Everyone at the Library feels very honored to have had a writer of your stature present at our first Annual Author's Dinner. We all send great affection, thanks and sincere gratitude for your help."
-Linda Schact Gage, Director, Berkeley Public Library Foundation

"Your book, Dirty, has been a poignant missive for those of us at the Foundation who work on the issue of youth substance abuse. I was very pleased by the event. Thanks for your participation."
-Ed Carlson, Substance Abuse Program Officer, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

"Thank you for working on our Brown v. Board of Education broadcast. You did an outstanding job in every respect. The evaluations from our viewers were 100% positive. You have played a key role in defining ideas of respect and fairness."
-Michael Roosevelt, Education Specialist, Judicial Council of California

"A special thank you for your inspired and heartfelt presentation at our meeting in San Francisco. Everyone was moved and even more determined as a result of your insights and ideas."
-Laura Nissen, Director, Reclaiming Futures/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

"We could not be more pleased with the outcome of our conference and would like to acknowledge that your incredibly moving closing presentation was an essential part of the knowledge sharing. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate again in the near future."
-Elizabeth Stanley-Salazar, Director of Public Policy, Phoenix Houses, Inc.


Chapman University MFA Program in Creative Writing
-Orange, CA

UCLA MFA Program in Narrative Writing
-Los Angeles, CA

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
-Los Angeles, CA

SNAP Conference (Science•Nature•Art•People)
-Boulder, CO

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national conference
-San Francisco, CA

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) national conference
-Baltimore, MD

Charles Schwab Foundation legislative luncheon/press conference
-Sacramento, CA

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) statewide conference
-Los Angeles, CA

The Neutral Zone Teen Center, Authors in the Schools Program
-Ann Arbor, MI

Children and Families of Iowa Annual Conference
-Des Moines, IA

Mt. Diablo Unified School District Parenting Conference
-Lafayette, CA

Educators for Social Responsibility
-New York, NY

Stanford University Business School
-Palo Alto, CA

Education Writer's Association of America national conference
-Phoenix, AZ

Forum at Grace Cathedral
-San Francisco, CA

Pacific Lutheran University School of Education
-Tacoma, WA

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Education, Youth Forum on Culture and Identity
-Chicago, IL

University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Writer's Series
-San Francisco, CA

State of California Superintendent's Symposium
-Monterey, CA

San Francisco State University School of Education
-San Francisco, CA

Court Appointed Special Advocates
-Walnut Creek, CA

Northwest Regional Education Laboratory annual conference
-Portland, OR

West Contra Costa Unified School District
-Richmond, CA

Northern California Superintendents' Council on Language, Culture, and Race
-San Francisco, CA

Montclair Presbyterian Church
-Oakland, CA

California Public Libraries
-Hayward, San Leandro, Pleasanton, San Lorenzo, Fremont, Berkeley

Jefferson Unified School District
-Madras, OR

University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
-Berkeley, CA

Confronting Empire Conference
-Berkeley, CA

Sobriety High School Annual Gala
-Minneapolis, MN

University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Center for Social Justice national conference
-Berkeley, CA

Willits Alternative School staff/student body
-Willits, CA

Town Meeting on Teens and Drugs, Downtown Berkeley YMCA
-Berkeley, CA

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs)
-Burlingame, CA, Los Altos, CA, Emeryville, CA, Moraga, CA

National Conference of Teachers of English
-San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Unified School District health educators' annual conference
-San Francisco, CA

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
-Oakland, CA

Please feel free to contact Meredith for a complete list of glowing references.