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Friday, June 3 • 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Writers and Mental Illness - Depression, Addiction and how to survive as a writer

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We need to talk about this, and we need to talk about it openly and honestly, and clinically. We need to hear from doctors why we’re messed up, we need to hear from creatives who should have been medicated for decades but have never taken anything because they’re afraid it will ruin their muse, we need to hear from people who have taken the drugs and been helped, but we need to put this all on the table, because the longer we’re quiet about it, the more people die.

Moderators
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John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →

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Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
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Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Carolina A/B

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