Alan grew up on a strawberry farm in Ontario, Canada. He began his career as a standup comic, touring extensively throughout North America, and performing on dozens of television shows, before moving to L.A. where he made his one and only professional acting appearance as the ‘hot dog vendor’ on an episode of Seinfeld. Mr. Watt works in L.A. as a screenwriter and novelist. He is the author of the bestselling Time Warner novel Diamond Dogs, which won numerous awards including France’s 2004 Prix Printemps (best foreign novel). He recently completed the big screen adaptation of Diamond Dogs. His play After Midnight had it’s world premiere in summer 2007 in Los Angeles, and his new novel A Temporary Life will be in bookstores next year. He has been teaching the workshop since 1997.