Best-selling memoirist and novelist
Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Inheritance, was recently published by Knopf.
Dani’s essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, Salon, n+1, Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to the New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life.
Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.
In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.
She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
The Stories We Carry
December 6 - 8, 2019
Friday - Sunday, 2 nights
We carry our stories inside of us. Some are easier to tell than others. There are tales we polish into well-formed, amusing anecdotes. Others we bury deep until they rise up and take us by surprise. Some we don’t even know we carry—these stories are born from secrets we’ve kept or the secrets we uncover....
This Is Fifty with Sheri and Nancy
August 24 - 26, 2018
Friday - Sunday, 2 nights
Get ready to tell a new story—one that reimagines the possibilities of your most expansive, joy-filled life. Join Sheri Salata, cofounder of STORY, former executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and co-president of Harpo Studios and the OWN Network, and Nancy Hala, cofounder of STORY, chief strategy officer and Fortune 500 brand strategist, for...
Asking Yourself the Great Questions: A Conversation with Dani Shapiro
There's a tremendous liberation in caring a whole lot less what people think. I would say that is one of the great gifts of midlife.
The Art of Memoir: A Conversation with Dani Shapiro
I am an accidental memoirist, and it's ironic because it is what I'm known for at this point. In my writing, I excavate and dig more so with the tool of memory than with the tools of imagination. And yet I don’t feel unduly revealed.