Transforming Chaos into Art: A Workshop in Fiction & Memoir

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Dani Shapiro
Week 11: August 18 to August 23
ORIENTATION: August 18, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 19-23, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
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 9. Also, please bring 11 copies of the same manuscript to the first class meeting.



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.