Thursday, November 15 at 7PM
WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS
Writing about Faith
On the Third Floor of BookPeople
ABOUT WRITING ABOUT FAITH
At the Texas Book Festival a few weeks ago, memoirist Casey Gerald, the grandson of a famous preacher, said that preachers have the hardest job: telling a 2,000-year-old story (that everybody already knows) in such a way that it seems like they've never heard it before. In this panel, four writers and ministers will talk about how they find fresh angles on old stories and adapt them to the changing expectations and needs of different audiences.
ABOUT THE REV. MEG BARNHOUSE
The Rev. Meg Barnhouse is senior minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin and the author of several books, including Did I Say That Out Loud? Musings from a Questioning Soul and Broken Buddha. She is also a humorist and singer-songwriter.
ABOUT OWEN EGERTON
Owen Egerton is the writer/director of the horror/comedy film Blood Fest and the psychological horror Follow. He’s the author of several books including The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God; Everyone Says That at the End of the World; the short story collection How Best to Avoid Dying; and Hollow which NPR listed as one of the best books of 2017. He also wrote and starred in the Zach Scott produced play The Other Side of Sleep. As a screenwriter he has written for Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney and many others. Egerton is also the host of public radio’s The Write Up and the reading series One Page Salon. Egerton and his wife, poet Jodi Egerton, wrote the writing craft book This Word Now.
ABOUT IMAM ATTIAH EMARAH
Imam Attiah Emarah serves as the Imam of the Islamic Center of Greater Austin (ICGA) and the teacher of Islamic Studies and Arabic at Austin Peace Academy (APA). Imam Attiah graduated from the world-renowned Al-Azhar University, in Cairo, Egypt . Imam pursued further studies from distinguished institutions such as the University of Toronto and Cambridge University , where he obtained certifications and advanced training on teaching. Most recently, Imam Attiah obtained a Masters of Education from Texas State University with focus on fostering community literacy and developing curricula that are demographically and socio-culturally adaptive to the needs of local communities.
ABOUT GREG GARRETT
Greg Garrett is the author of over twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Baylor University, where he has received numerous teaching honors, and has offered highly-rated classes for the Writers League for over a decade.