Find out what it takes to write, read and sell your life story from writers who've actually done just that.
Listen as memoirists read from their own work, then discuss the process of writing a memoir.
Making a narrative of events of your own life, dealing with issues of privacy and family, figuring out how to navigate the stormy seas of the publishing world, and bringing your story to life as you read it before an audience will be among the topics addressed by this panel of three memoirists- First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Alan Black is a bartender by trade and co-founder of the Scottish Cultural and Arts Foundation in 1995.
In 1996, he produced the American premiere of the hit stage play version of Trainspotting. His involvement with the Scottish literary renaissance in the nineties allowed him to introduce to an American audience many of the new writers emerging as part of that influential wave. He has worked with major U.S. publishers in promoting writers at the Edinburgh Castle Pub in San Francisco.
In 1999, he was around for the formation of the annual Litquake Festival, San Francisco's biggest writers' festival. He sits on the Executive Committee of Litquake.
David Henry Sterry
David Henry Sterry is a best-selling author and award winning actor/comic. He is both writer of and performer in the one-man show 'Chicken', based on his bestselling memoir Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent (ReganBooks/HarperCollins: 2002).
In addition that book has been translated into ten languages, and is being made into a series by Showtime. His latest is Master of Ceremonies: a True Story of Sex, Drugs, Rollerskates and Chippendales (Grove Atlantic/Canongate, 2008). This was preceded by Putting Your Passion into Print (Workman Publishing, 2005), based on the class he taught at Stanford University for four years.
His first book was an American Library Association pick-of-the-year, Satchel Sez: The Wit, Wisdom & World of Leroy Satchel Paige (Crown/Random House, 2001). His first YA title, (written under the name Henry Johnson) is Travis & Freddy's Adventures in Vegas(Dutton/Penguin, April, 2006).