Transforming Chaos into Art: A Workshop in Fiction & Memoir

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Dani Shapiro
Week 11: August 19 to August 24
ORIENTATION: August 19, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 20-24, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Multi-Genre
Open to All

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.

Please submit a 12 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) memoir or fiction manuscript to Dawn Walsh at by August 10. Also, please bring copies of the same manuscript to the first class meeting (number of copies announced two weeks prior to workshop start date).


Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs, Hourglass, Still WritingDevotion, 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 Review, the op-ed pages of The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, and others.