The Get Together will run from the evening of Friday, November 11th until the afternoon of Sunday, November 13th. All times are listed in Eastern Time (think New York City). This year’s event will be virtual. We look forward to seeing you there!

2022 Program

The 2022 program is a work in progress. Check back for updated information.

All times listed are Eastern Time

Friday November 11th

5:00 – 6:00 PM Introduction/Happy Hour: Pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and join us for a Welcome to the Get Together! We’ll give an overview of the weekend and provide an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves.

6:00 – 8:00 PM Drawing Room Delights WIP Reading: One of three readings of works in progress by JAFF authors. Moderator: Don Jacobson. Readers Include (reading order subject to change):

 
GL Robinson – A Marriage is Arranged

Susan Andrews – Camp Jane: Follies of Family

Laura Hile / Benny Fife – In Want of a Wife

Stephanie Vale – Darcy Family Secrets

Don Jacobson – The Sailor’s Rest

Melanie Rachel – Disguise of Every Sort

Maria Grace / Benny Fife – Miss Georgiana and the Dragon

Gail Hildebrand – Black as Hell, Dark as Night

Jennifer Joy – Dangerous When Wet

Leigh Dreyer – Calm Waters

8:00 – 9:00 PM JAFF Wheel of Fortune: with Elizabeth Adams

Saturday, November 12

9:00 – 10:00 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.

10:00 – 11:00 AM  Where do Writers Get Their Ideas? with Summer Hanford, Renata McMann, Jennifer Joy

11:00 – 12:00 PM Diversity in Austenesque Fiction: with Damianne Scott, Niki White, Cristy Huelsz

12:00 – 1:00 PM Historical Accuracy in Austenesque Stories: with Sophie Turner, Beth Massey, Abigail Reynolds – Historical accuracy can enhance a story by immersing readers in the world of the past, but complete accuracy is not possible – nor is it always desirable. The panel will discuss how and when to use it effectively, and when to let it go.

1:00 – 2:00 PM Tropes in JAFF: with Rita Deodato and L.L. Diamond

2:00 – 3:00 PM English Country Houses from a JAFF Perspective: with Sophie Turner – From a statement of power to a place of leisure, the purpose of the English country house evolved over centuries, as did its architecture. We’ll learn about this evolution and then examine the country houses in Jane Austen’s novels – including a compelling candidate for Pemberley.

3:00 – 4:00 PM A Walk Up Oakham Mount WIP Reading: One of three readings of works in progress by JAFF authors. Moderator: Don Jacobson. Readers Include (reading order subject to change):

 
MJ Stratton – Mr. Wickham Intervenes

Shana Granderson / Leigh Dreyer – Admiral Thomas Bennet

Cristy Huelsz / Kelly Miller – Wedding Night in Bristol

Cherith Boardman – Mistaken Premise

Sue Barr – Longbourn’s Angels

4:00 – 5:00 PM Afternoon Tea and Socializing: Pour yourself some tea, get out the cucumber sandwiches, and put on your Regency garb (if you want). Attendees will be randomly assigned to “tables” of around 4-6 people.

5:00 – 6:00 PM JAFF Jeopardy: with Elizabeth Adams

Sunday, November 13

9:00 – 10:00 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.

10:00 – 12:00 PM Brunch with the Bennets WIP Reading: One of three readings of works in progress by JAFF authors.  Moderator: Don Jacobson. Readers Include (reading order subject to change):

 

Elaine Jeremiah – Elizabeth Bennet’s Dilemma

Barry Richman – Doubt Not, Cousin

Summer Hanford – Pride & Prejudice, and Planets

Sarah Courtney – Another Day at Rosings

Debra-Ann Kummoung – Falling for Elizabeth Darcy

Lori Hetschel – Close Quarters

Amanda Kai – Not in Want of a Wife

Niki White – Head and Heart

Riana Everly – Death in Sensible Circumstances

Monica Fairview – Best of Intentions

Susan Andrews – Camp Jane: Follies of Family

Writers Retreat (Everyone is Welcome)

12:00 – 1:00 PM Marketing your Austenesque Book: with Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Heather Moll, Melanie Rachel

1:00 – 2:00 PM My Writing Process: with Sarah Courtney

2:00 – 3:00 PM Writing Partnerships: with Summer Hanford and Renata McMann

3:00 – 4:00 PM Setting Up an LLC: with Stephanie Vale

4:00 – 5:00 PM Afternoon 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.

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