The Art of the Memoir

May 20, 2017

Goat Hill presents bestselling, award-winning writers Andre Dubus III (Townie, The House of Sand and Fog) and Dani Shapiro (Still Writing, Hourglass) in discussion with Ann Hood (The Knitting Circle, Comfort: A Journey through Grief) on the art of writing memoir. As all three of these writers are also novelists, they will speak about the decision to opt for memoir instead of fiction, discuss the delicate nature of writing memoir, and share the stories that inspired their own works, as well as describe their writing process to us.

In partnership with Goat Hill Writers


Andre Dubus III is the author of Dirty Love, Townie, The Garden of Last Days, and House of Sand and Fog, an Oprah Book Club pick and a finalist for the National Book Award. He has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Dubus’ books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

Daneile Joyce “Dani” Shapiro is the author of five novels and the best-selling memoirs Still Writing, Slow Motion, and Devotion. She has also written for magazines such as The New Yorker, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and ELLE. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Ann Hood is an American novelist and writer living in Providence. The author of fifteen books, Hood has had essays and short stories appear in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Bon Appétit, Tin House, and The Atlantic Monthly. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, Best American Spiritual Writing and Travel Writing Awards, and a Boston Public Library Literary Light Award, she is a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School in New York City.

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