Transforming Chaos into Art: A Workshop in Fiction & Memoir

Dani Shapiro WEEK 11: August 16 to August 21 TUITION: $650 WORKSHOP: 9am-12pm DISCIPLINE: Multi-Genre OPEN TO ALL ON-SITE HOUSING AVAILABLE

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.

Please submit a 12 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) memoir or fiction manuscript to Dawn Walsh at by August 7. Also, please bring 11 copies of the same manuscript to the first class meeting.


Dani Shapiro is the author of the instant NYT best selling memoir, Inheritance (January 2019, Knopf). Other books include Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, Slow Motion, Black & White, and Family History. She has taught workshops around the world and at Columbia and NYU; she is also the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy. In February of 2019, Shapiro launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. The podcast has over 20 million downloads. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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