By the time Sigmund Freud came on the scene in the late nineteenth century, his predecessors had already been working to untangle the workings of the mind and the causes of “hysteria” and “neurasthenia.” The cultural context for mental illness is fascinating and can be seen in Victorian ghost stories if you know where to look. Come hear about Victorian mental health, the occult, and how both plays out in ghost stories by some of our favorite authors like Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Anne Bartolucci, Ph.D., sometimes known as Cecilia Dominic, wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each.
Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend.
Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door
9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking
10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker
11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339