• Jennifer Abella

Big news: The 2021 Jane Austen Summer Program is going virtual!


Dive into “Jane Austen’s World” from the comfort of your own homeat the virtual Jane Austen Summer Program, scheduled for June 17-20, 2021. Here’s a taste of what you can expect during our online symposium: Austen scholar Janine Barchas, author Mary Robinette Kowal, and author and historian Robert Morrison will give keynote presentations; workshops will help participants try their hand at turban-making, quill-and-ink penmanship and creative writing; and faculty and graduate students will guide small-group discussions that will explore Jane Austen’s life and world in depth. For more about the 2021 conference, please visit our 2021 JASP page.


“We are committed to retaining as much of the intimate, innovative, hands-on nature of JASP as we can, even in this remote format,” says JASP co-founder Inger Brodey. “Participants will have the option to receive a packet of materials and special treats by mail to participate in hands-on workshops, elevenses, discussion groups, and other events. And we will keep discussion groups to the same small, intimate size that our participants have come to expect. We will try to keep the special JASP community alive during this time that we are apart.”


Teacher scholarships will be available for our virtual JASP, and a new pedagogical program, JASP+, will be offered to teachers at an additional cost.


If you rolled over your 2020 registration to 2021, we will be in touch with you about registering for our online program. More details about virtual JASP, scholarships and JASP+ will be available in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for announcements.


In the meantime, please check out the webinars presented by Jane Austen & Co., our free series of programming. Centering on aspects of Jane Austen’s home life, our “Staying Home With Jane Austen” series has included speakers such as Jo Baker on servants in Austen’s day, Hilary Davidson on fashion, KC Hysmith on food and Susan Allen Ford on reading.