Dani Shapiro taught memoir at Aspen Summer Words in 2015 and 2017, and was a speaker during the 2014 Winter Words series alongside Nick Flynn. 

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of four memoirs: Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, Devotion, Slow Motion and Hourglass; and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Shapiro’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, New York Times Book ReviewLos Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life.” Her recent essays on the lures and dangers of the internet and social media have stirred up controversy and gone viral, and are now being taught in many universities. She is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy and a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler

A panel on Living the Creative Life from Aspen Summer Words 2017

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. 

Aspen Summer Words: ‘Hourglass’ author Dani Shapiro
The Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, June 19, 2017