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Bestselling author Dani Shapiro and She Writes Founding Partner Deborah Siegel contemplate the precarious balance of being a writer while living this social media-filled life. How do you carve out time when Facebook and email beckon? Does your outer atmosphere reflect your inner writerly needs? Listen for thoughts from two wired authors, both currently between books, on the quest for quiet.
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and more, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.
Deborah Siegel, PhD, founding partner of She Writes, is an expert on gender, politics, and still-evolving feminism. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo, founder of the blog Girl w/Pen, and co-founder of the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online. Her work has appeared in venues including The Washington Post, Ms., The Huffington Post. In The Pink and Blue Diaries, Deborah blogs about gender, parenthood, writing, and life.
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