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The Jane Austen Writers' Club

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14th September 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Pretty much anything anyone needs to know about writing can be learned from Jane Austen.

As one of the most beloved writers in the English literary canon, Jane Austen's novels changed the landscape of fiction forever. Fast forward to the 21st century and her writing remains as fresh, entertaining and witty as the day her books were first published. But what are the secrets to her writing that makes it so timeless?

Rebecca Smith, the five-times-great niece of Jane herself will share all in this unmissable evening masterclass.

During this process-driven and practical two-hour session, Rebecca will examine the major aspects of writing fiction- pacing, character development, dialogue, setting, opening and endings and writing methods- with practical tips and inspiration from Jane's own work, including hands-on exercises.

If you're working on a novel, or a fan seeking insight into Austen's writing process and habits, this evening masterclass is an unmissable opportunity to delve further into the writing techniques of one of the greatest novelists to have lived.

Speaker Profile

Rebecca Smith teaches creative writing at the University of Southampton, and is the author of three novels: The Bluebird Café, Happy Birthday and All That and A Bit of Earth as well as a work of non-fiction, Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas. Her first novel for children, Shadow Eyes, was shortlisted for the 2012 Kelpies Prize. From 2009–2010 she was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton. She lives in Southampton.

Event Details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 6pm, with drinks provided upon arrival.

Drinks will start at 6pm and your workshop with Rebecca begins at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.

Booking and payment

The price for this event is £35, including drinks upon arrival.

Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.

Price inclusive of standard VAT.