Dani Shapiro on the "perils and pleasures" of creating

Aug 15, 2014

Novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro. She says what keeps us alive, and able to create, is what choreographer Martha Graham called "a queer divine dissatisfaction."
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All of us may love when a feeling of inspiration infuses our work. Best-selling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro looks back on 20 years of facing the blank page—and teaching others about her craft—and says she's learned that for us all it's really about showing up, and following a trail of "breadcrumbs through a forest," as it were.

WSHU's Mark Herz talks to Shapiro about her latest book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

Shapiro may have first been heard on our air 15 years ago, when an excerpt from her first memoir, Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy, was part of an episode of This American Life. You can listen to that reading here.