826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: Memoir Writing
Monday, August 2, 2010 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)
Join us for the next panel in our Writing Series for Adults: memoir writing. Our panelists will discuss how they got started, writing habits, and what inspires them. We will also discuss the business side of writing: how to find an agent and how to go about getting published.
Brooke Berman is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Originally trained as an actor and solo performer in the experimental theater, Brooke began performing her own work on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before receiving formal training in playwriting from the Juilliard School. Her play Hunting and Gathering, which premiered at Primary Stages, directed by Leigh Silverman, was named one of the Ten Best of 2008 by New York Magazine. Her memoir, No Place Like Home, published by Random House, was released in June, 2010.
Brooke has taught as a guest artist in the New York City public school system and at colleges including Eugene Lang, Fordham, and Barnard, as well as privately through the “24 With 5 Teaching Collective” which she co-created at New Dramatists. She spent five years as the Director of the Playwrights Unit for MCC Theater’s Youth Company, a free after-school program for NYC youth. She has mentored with the Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles and Young Playwrights in New York. Brooke attended Barnard College and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, PEN and the MCC Playwrights Coalition.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé, writer Gordon Haber.
Meghan Daum is the author, most recently, of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir about real estate addiction, published in May 2010 by Knopf. Since 2005, she has been a weekly opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Meghan is also the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report. She has contributed to public radio programs such as This American Life and Marketplace and her articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, Vogue, and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.
Mark Salzman is widely known for his award-winning 1986 memoir Iron and Silk and for his starring role in the film of the same name. He is the author of two other memoirs, Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia and True Notebooks and three novels, The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. A formerly devoted cellist, Salzman played on the soundtrack to several films and performed with Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax at Lincoln Center. Then he had kids; sayonara cello. He also starred, along with three others, in his wife Jessica Yu's 2007 film about human obsession and extremism, The Protagonist. Salzman is currently working on a book about writer's block. It isn't going well.
D. J. Waldie is the author of the Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir and other books about Southern California. D. J. Waldie is a contributing writer at Los Angeles magazine and a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His book reviews and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. D. J. Waldie has been a city official of Lakewood since 1977. He lives a not-quite-middle-class life in Lakewood, in the house his parents bought in 1946. Here is what the memoirist Patricia Hampl said about Holy Land: “This book captivated me when it first came out. It still astonishes. It’s no easier to describe now than it was before it became a classic of American autobiography. Waldie’s range is staggering – from intimate, touchingly respectful revelations of family life and spiritual reality to a precise history of land development and public policy regarding water use (and don’t imagine this is the boring part). Waldie has written nothing less than the spiritual autobiography of the midcentury American suburban dream. It proves to be a subject worthy of tragedy and of his remarkable elegy.”
Joshuah Bearman is a former editor and writer at the LA Weekly. He has written for Harpers, McSweeneys, Wired, Rolling Stone, and contributes to This American Life.
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826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
With this in mind, we provide after-school and in-school tutoring, creative workshops, field trips, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.
All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.