Claire Dederer

Claire Dederer

Nonfiction

Claire Dederer is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning and Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which was a New York Times bestseller. Dederer is at work on Monsters, a nonfiction book investigating good art made by bad people, forthcoming from Knopf. Her essays, criticism and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vogue, Slate, Salon, New York, Elle, and many other publications. Visit her website

Thoughts on Workshop:  I think our job in workshop is loneliness mitigation. I'm talking here about a specific kind of loneliness, the loneliness that comes when a writer is sitting at her desk, trying to finish or even start the work. I think our job in workshop is to provide the writer with tools and information and techniques and buoyancy to draw on days or weeks or even years later, when she's alone at her desk. 

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