Discipline: Literature – fiction

Ayelet Waldman

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2022

Ayelet Waldman is the New York Times best-selling writer of many books, including A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, and the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons and of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation. Her books are published throughout the world, in countries as disparate as England and Thailand, the Netherlands and China, Russia and Israel, South Korea and Italy.

She is the Executive Producer and co-creator of Netflix's Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Unbelievable, for which she received Peabody and Pen Awards.

Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was adapted into a film called The Other Woman starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Her radio commentaries have appeared on "All Things Considered" and "The California Report."

During her many MacDowell Fellowships she worked on The Bloom Girls, Crossing the Park, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Worth, and other novels/projects.



Ayelet Waldman worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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