Tanya Ward Goodman Follow Instagram Twitter Courtesy of Tanya Ward Goodman Lives In Los Angeles, California Education Northwestern University Tanya Ward Goodman grew up in the mountains of New Mexico and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Following stints in television writing and advertising, her distaste for desks and schedules, along with her constant curiosity, propelled her into a freelance career, where her essays, articles, and interviews cover travel, art, caregiving, parenting, literature, and culture.Tanya’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Luxe Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, Variable West, and many others. As a founding partner of Girl Group Enterprises, Tanya co-created a social-emotional curriculum and facilitated workshops for children, teens, their parents, and teachers. Experience Tanya's award-winning memoir, "Leaving Tinkertown" (University of New Mexico Press,) chronicles her experiences caring for her artist father after his diagnosis with younger-onset Alzheimer's. Her essay, "What Life Does," initially published in Fourth River, was listed as notable in the 2019 Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is currently at work on a second memoir about motherhood, and the way travel cultivates a willing acceptance of uncertainty. Skills such as flexibility, a sense of humor, and the willingness to eat almost anything, were honed on childhood road trips throughout the United States and have served well on more recent journeys to Peru, Myanmar, Jordan, Morocco, Costa Rica, Nova Scotia, and Antarctica. Tanya has written about the value of small museums, interviewed numerous artists, and always looks for unique art environments and roadside attractions. As an avid volunteer, Tanya has served on the boards of the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, Pilgrim School Parent Advisory, and Preserve Bottle Village, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Simi Valley art environment created by Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey. She works yearly with College Path LA to assist rising seniors with their college essays and regularly lends a hand with local clean-up groups, unhoused outreach, food pantries, and other education efforts. Education Tanya attended Northwestern University, where she was accepted for simultaneous enrollment in the Radio-Television-Film and English Department writing programs. She graduated with a B.S. in Performance Studies and a dual certificate in creative writing. About TripSavvy and Dotdash Meredith TripSavvy, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.