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Jane Austen's Juvenilia, Minor Works and Later Manuscripts

Jane Austen once again features in Ammerdown’s programme thanks to Jane Austen’s devotee Hazel Jones. This year, Hazel will lead an in-depth study on Jane Austen’s early works which, Hazel says, provide a fascinating insight into the author’s developing talent. Hazel writes: “Murder and mayhem, scoundrels and adulteresses, parodies and burlesques populate the unpredictable world of this famous author's juvenile fiction. We will also be studying in detail a number of minor texts and later unpublished manuscripts: Love and Freindship [sic], Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon, The Three Sisters and some of Jane Austen’s very short compositions. These pieces will enable an appreciation of the drive, determination and genius of an aspiring writer.”

The course will include a whole day’s visit to the New Room, Charles Wesley's House and the Georgian House in Bristol.

Hazel Jones, a self-confessed Jane Austen addict, has been running residential courses on Jane Austen since 1996. She is so good that she has already built up quite a following at Ammerdown: “Hazel is absolutely superb. She is always very well prepared and pitches her courses at just the right level, so everyone can join in and contribute”; “It is a truth universally accepted that Hazel Jones is the best Jane Austen teacher, writer and Ammerdown course leader!”.

* N.B. The cost of the course includes the cost of transport during the day out.

Please note that Hazel is leading another Jane Austen course at Ammerdown this year, from 1 to 5 September, this time on ‘Mansfield Park’.

Led by: Hazel Jones

Please arrive by noon on Monday. Course ends with lunch on Friday. 

Jane Austen once again features in Ammerdown’s programme thanks to Jane Austen’s devotee Hazel Jones. This year, Hazel will lead an in-depth study on Jane Austen’s early works which, Hazel says, provide a fascinating insight into the author’s developing talent. Hazel writes: “Murder and mayhem, scoundrels and adulteresses, parodies and burlesques populate the unpredictable world of this famous author's juvenile fiction. We will also be studying in detail a number of minor texts and later unpublished manuscripts: Love and Freindship [sic], Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon, The Three Sisters and some of Jane Austen’s very short compositions. These pieces will enable an appreciation of the drive, determination and genius of an aspiring writer.”

The course will include a whole day’s visit to the New Room, Charles Wesley's House and the Georgian House in Bristol.

Hazel Jones, a self-confessed Jane Austen addict, has been running residential courses on Jane Austen since 1996. She is so good that she has already built up quite a following at Ammerdown: “Hazel is absolutely superb. She is always very well prepared and pitches her courses at just the right level, so everyone can join in and contribute”; “It is a truth universally accepted that Hazel Jones is the best Jane Austen teacher, writer and Ammerdown course leader!”.

* N.B. The cost of the course includes the cost of transport during the day out.

Please note that Hazel is leading another Jane Austen course at Ammerdown this year, from 1 to 5 September, this time on ‘Mansfield Park’.

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.