I’m a writer, born in San Francisco, raised in Marin, came back as soon as I could. I also teach writing, and am working on a second writing book, about voice, called Make Your Memoir Suck Less. Last one was called Naked, Drunk, and Writing.
Here’s the nice blurb I wrote about myself a while back, most of it still true:
Adair Lara is a writer, teacher and author in San Francisco. A former magazine editor, she wrote a popular, award-winning personal column for the San Francisco Chronicle for 16 years before leaving the paper to write and teach full time. Her most recent book, which has become a cult favorite in the writing blogsphere, is Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essays (Ten Speed). She holds sold-out workshops in her house on writing essay and memoir and other forms of autobiography, and consults with authors individually, in person or long-distance. Her essays appear in many national magazines, and have been anthologized in dozens of textbooks. She teaches memoir workshops in her house in San Francisco several times a year. You can go to Praise From Students to see what past workshoppers have to say and to Workshop for upcoming dates of workshops.