J. David Grey Young Writers’ Workshop

Jane Austen’s writing desk. 
Photo courtesy of JaneAusten.org.

The 2016 J. David Grey Young Writers’ Workshop is a JASNA-funded writing workshop for high school students living in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area (including Maryland and Virginia).  The workshop is intended to increase student awareness and understanding of Jane Austen’s works.  It is named after one of JASNA’s founders, J. David Grey, and awards the Joan Austen-Leigh Prizes to winning essays.

The 2016 workshop will focus on Jane Austen’s Emma, and will look at both the original novel and modern adaptations for film, television, and the web.  We’ll discuss various topics, with a focus on themes of women and power in the novel.  Summertime webinars will lead up to the workshop, to be held in September.

Any student currently in grades 8 through 11 is welcome to participate.  There are no fees and no other eligibility requirements.  Individual students can sign up on their own, and teachers can arrange to incorporate YWW activities into class plans.  Click here for more details, and contact YWW2016@gmail.com to sign up.