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Dani Shapiro

From Chaos Into Art: A Workshop in Fiction and Memoir

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workshop description

The most helpful writing workshops are ones in which the group acts as a single organism, its sole purpose being to help the piece of work at hand become its best possible self. Memoir, fiction – it’s all storytelling. Whether you’re bringing in pages of a memoir-in-progress or a work of fiction, we approach the page with an eye towards structure, character, voice, place, detail. Find the tenacity and take-no-prisoners courage to do your finest work.  We will spend part of each workshop generating new material based on writing prompts, reading passages from memoirs, stories, and novels that help to illuminate aspects of craft, and reading aloud and discussing excerpts of student manuscripts.


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•    A short statement describing your current challenges and goals as a writer, as well as your prior experience in workshops.

•    Ten pages of fiction or memoir.

•    The cost of the workshop is $550. If you are accepted, a $100 deposit will be required to hold your place within a week of acceptance, with full payment due within 30 days.

•    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.

about Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still WritingDevotion,and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, the New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on This American Life.  Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on Super Soul Sunday. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her next book, Hourglass, will be published by Knopf in the spring of 2017.