2023 Schedules

Our schedules are a work in progress. More details will be announced.

Thank you for your patience

The Get Together will run from the evening of Friday, October 13th until the afternoon of Sunday, October 15th. All times are listed in Eastern Time. This year’s event will be in-person and virtual. We look forward to seeing you there!

Because the in-person event ends at noon on Sunday (so attendees can travel home), there will not be a writers’ workshop during this Get Together. We hope we can have a virtual one in January.

Events in GREEN will be streamed, simultaneously part of the Virtual and In-Person events.

Virtual JAFF Reader/Writer Get-Together Schedule

All times listed are Eastern Time
Friday October 13: All events over zoom

5-6 PM Happy Hour: Virtual attendees will have a chance to meet and chat with each other. If we have a large number of attendees, we will divide into breakout rooms.

6-8 PM Dinner with the Dashwoods WIP Reading: Readings of works in progress by JAFF authors – Moderator, Don Jacobson

Readers Include:

  • Cherith Boardman “Her Heart did Whisper”
  • Christina Moore “The Husbands of Elizabeth Bennet, V2
  • Debbie Kummoung “Captain Wentworth’s Devotion”
  • Elaine Owen TBD
  • Kimbelle Pease “A Fortuitous Wager”
  • Sue Barr “The Wager” (Yes…the sequence is intentional)
  • Beth Semmer Massey TBD
  • Caroline Cartier TBD
  • Melanie Rachel “Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Letters”
Saturday October 14: All events over zoom

9-10 AM Breakfast Chat: An informal opportunity for anyone to drop by and talk about Austen, JAFF, and anything else you’d like. If we have a large number of attendees, we will divide into breakout rooms.

10-11:00 Presentation: Who is Your Mr. Darcy? – Rita Deodato (From Pemberley to Milton)

11-12:00 Panel: The Reader’s Role in a Book’s Success – Jan Ashton and Summer Hanford

12-1:00: Saturday Lunch Break

1-2:00 Presentation: Town Houses: An Overview for Austenesque Readers and Writers – Sophie Turner

2-3:00 Panel: How Authors Make Choices in Historical Fiction – Bronwen Chisholm, Elaine Owen, and Suzan Lauder

3-5  Afternoon Tea: Chat and/or WIP Reading

Sunday October 15: All events over zoom

8:30-9:30 AM Breakfast with the Bennets: WIP Reading. Readings of works in progress by JAFF authors – Moderator, Don Jacobson

Readers include:

  • Karen M Cox “Young Mister Bennet”
  • Cristy Hulsz TBD
  • Irène André “For the Love of Her Daughters”
  • Barry Richman “The Scarred Duchess”
  • Riana Everly “Death in Still Waters”

9:30-10:30 Panel: Why do JAFF Readers Like Fantasy? – Victoria Kincaid and Sarah Courtney

10:30-11:30 Panel: Hearing from JAFF Readers – Betsy Hagan, Gail Warner, and Kimberly Hing

11:30-12:30 Afternoon Chat:  Virtual attendees will have a chance to meet and chat with each other. If we have a large number of attendees, we will divide into breakout rooms.

1PM: End of Get Together

In-Person JAFF Reader/Writer Get-Together Schedule

All times listed are Eastern Time
Friday October 13: All events at the Tysons Corner Marriott Hotel, floor 2 by the Marriott Bistro

5-6 PM Registration: Pick up goodie bags and registration materials. Meet fellow attendees.

6-7:30 PM Friday Dinner and Raffle for Prizes: We’re raffling off some JAFF-related prizes! (tickets are free and will be provided upon registration)

7:30-9:00 PM WIP Reading in the Marriott Bistro: Readings of works in progress by JAFF authors – Moderator, Stephanie Vardavas

Readers Include:

  • Bronwen Chisholm
  • Ruth Phillips Oakland
  • Elaine Owen
  • Summer Hanford
  • Stephanie Vale
  • Diane Ferguson
  • Sarah Courtney
  • Jeff Bigler

9:00 PM: Conversation and Jane Austen Games

Saturday October 14: All Events at St. Thomas Church until 8 PM, 8991 Brook Rd, McLean, VA 22102. We will carpool from the hotel.

All Day JAFF Book Swap: Bring your new and used paperback JAFF books to the church to swap for others!

9:30-10 Breakfast: We will supply coffee. Please bring your own breakfast food.

10-11:00 Presentation: Who is Your Mr. Darcy? – Rita Deodato (From Pemberley to Milton)

11-12:00 Panel: The Reader’s Role in a Book’s Success – Jan Ashton and Summer Hanford

12-1:00: Catered Lunch at the Church

1-2:00 Presentation: Town Houses: An Overview for Austenesque Readers and Writers – Sophie Turner

2-3:00 Panel: How Authors Make Choices in Historical Fiction – Bronwen Chisholm, Elaine Owen, and Suzan Lauder

3-5:00  Break: Attendees may return to the hotel to change for afternoon tea (Regency garb welcome, but not required)

5:00 Afternoon Tea: Provided by The Tea Timers

8:00 PM: Games and possibly more WIP Reading in the Marriott Bistro

Sunday October 15: All Events at Maggiano’s Restaurant

9-9:30: Buffet Breakfast

9:30-10:30 Panel: Why do JAFF Readers Like Fantasy? – Victoria Kincaid and Sarah Courtney

10:30-11:30 Panel: Hearing from JAFF Readers – Betsy Hagan, Gail Warner, and Kimberly Hing

12:00: End of Get Together

Important Locations:

Courtyard by Marriott Tysons McLean 1960-A Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA 22102

St. Thomas Episcopal Church 8991 Brook Rd. McLean, VA 22102

Maggiano’s Little Italy Tysons Galleria 2001 International Drive McLean, VA 22102

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