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Writing Through Madness with Claire Phillips and Bruce Bauman, July 12th, 2021
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Writing Through Madness with Claire Phillips and Bruce Bauman, July 12th, 2021

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Writing Workshops & Write or Die Tribe Presents: Writing Through Madness with Claire Phillips and Bruce Bauman 

Live Free Discussion Via Zoom

7:00PM - 8:00PM CST | July 12, 2021


"Max's objection to Dostoyevsky, that he allows too many mentally ill persons to enter. Completely wrong.  Their illness is merely a way to characterize them, and moreover a delicate and fruitful one.'" -Franz Kafka.

Amelia Kennedy, a British born writer and actor based in Brooklyn, will moderate a panel that includes:

Bruce Bauman is the acclaimed author of the novels The Word Was and Broken Sleep. For over fifteen years he was an instructor in the CalArts MFA Writing and Critical Studies Program and the Senior Editor of legendary Black Clock literary magazine. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, BOMB, Bookforum, and numerous anthologies and other publications. Among his awards are a UNESCO/Aschberg Laureate in literature, a City of Los Angeles Award in Fiction, a Durfee Foundation grant.  He has appeared on scores of panels and radio programs.  Bauman has received numerous residencies including Sanskriti Center in New Delhi and Moulin a Nef in southern France. He is presently at work on a new novel, The True Story of My Fictional Life: A novel approach to memoir. Born and raised in New York City, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the painter Suzan Woodruff.

Claire Phillips is the acclaimed author of A Room with a Darker View: Chronicles of My Mother and Schizophrenia and the fantastic novella Black Market Babies.  Her writing has appeared in Black Clock magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Largehearted Boy Blog and Motherboard-Vice among other places. Her awards include the American Academy of Poets, First Prize, a nomination for the Pushcart Prize and a notable mention in The Best American Essays 2015. She teaches writing at CalArts, SCI-Arc, and U.C. Irvine, and is Director of the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series at Glendale College where acclaimed authors Anne Boyer, Brian Evenson, Robin Coste Lewis, Porochista Khakpour, Sarah Manguso, and Charles Yu have appeared among others. She holds a M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University and a B.A. in English from San Francisco State University.

Authors Bruce Bauman and Claire Phillips, who have each taught creative writing for over fifteen years, will read from recent works of fiction and non-fiction and discuss the writing process as it pertains to mental health - your own and your characters who might also be members of your own family or fictional creations.

Phillips will discuss her struggles of growing up with and then writing about her mentally ill mother.

Bauman will explore how he created a mentally ill narrator, as well as how other narrators in his multi-narrator novel see this character.

Together, Phillips and Bauman will discuss how one delves deeply into oneself and those around  them to create compelling works. 

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this panel discussion and/or to suggest a topic.

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