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Dani Shapiro taught memoir at the 2015 Aspen Summer Words, and was a speaker during the 2014 Winter Words series alongside Nick Flynn. 

Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of the memoirs, Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including, Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerGrantaTin HouseOne StoryElleThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. Her new memoir, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, was called “one of those rare books that is both beautiful and useful,” by journalist Susan Orlean. Shapiro is a contributing editor for Conde Nast Traveler and lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

During her Winter Words visit, Dani sat down with Aspen 82 to talk about the creative process. 

“Everything I know about how to live, I’ve learned from the daily challenge of sitting down and trying to put words on the page. Courage, tenacity, getting past the voice in my head saying you can’t do this…The ability to endure. The ability to withstand rejection.”

At Summer Words 2015, Dani spoke on several panels including “Writing From Life” with Andre Dubus III and Ann Hood. They discussed the risks and rewards of writing memoir. Here is the video recording:

Here is Dani in conversation with author Nick Flynn at Winter Words 2014:

Aspen Public Radio interviewed Dani on First Draft, a program that highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts. 

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