Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of the memoirs Devotion, Slow Motion, and Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life. Her five novels include Black & White and Family History. Dani’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Elle, Vogue, the New York Times Book Review, and the Los Angeles Times, and has been read on NPR’s This American Life. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University, and is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. Dani is a contributing editor for Condé Nast Traveler.
The Blank Page
By Dani Shapiro An excerpt from Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Michelangelo saw a statue in every block of marble, “shaped and...
Creating a Meditation Practice
After returning home from Kripalu, I promised myself that each day I would practice metta meditation for at least fifteen minutes.
Climbing Mount Everest Page by Page: The Risks of the Writing Life
The writing life is not a game for sissies.
The Story of You: Writing as a Tool for Self-Discovery
Writing can be a direct line to our deepest self, a path to understanding who and why we are.
Unlocking the Stories Within
We refer to writer’s block as if we’re stuck in our head. But what if we’re also stuck in our body? Movement can help us release the stories within.
The Interplay Between Writing and Meditation
Meditation gives us access to our internal lives—to images, language and memory. That’s exactly what a writer needs.
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