Jane Austen’s Guide to Writing
Two hundred years after the publication of Emma, Jane Austen’s advice to writers and observations on her craft are as pertinent as ever. Rebecca Smith, who is Jane Austen’s great great great great great niece, and is a former Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum, will talk about Austen’s writing habits, methods and the some of the best-loved novels of all time. A light-hearted, practical session for readers and writers.
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.