Dani Shapiro


Dani Shapiro

An acclaimed literary novelist and nonfiction writer, Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life; Devotion; and Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy. Her five acclaimed novels include Family History and Black & White, both of which are in development as feature films. Her books Devotion and Slow Motion were the subjects of an hour-long conversation between Shapiro and Oprah on Super Soul Sunday. 

Shapiro is a highly sought-after speaker who is equally at home on the large stage as well as an intimate classroom. Her recent essays on the lures and dangers of the Internet and social media have stirred up controversy, gone viral, and are now being taught in many universities—along with her most recent book, Still Writing, a searching meditation on the artistic process which is both a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.

Shapiro’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Salon n+1, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review and is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.

In 2000, with her husband the journalist and screenwriter Michael Maren, she co-wrote a screenplay based on her memoir, Slow Motion. A portion of the screenplay was broadcast on This American Life.

Shapiro has taught in the graduate writing programs at Columbia and New York University. She runs writing retreats worldwide and is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.