Have you ever thought it would be great to meet in person all the people you know virtually through JAFF Facebook pages, websites, and other internet sources? I had this thought running through my head for more than a year, and it wouldn’t go away (sort of like a persistent plot bunny). And it turns out that other JAFF lovers felt the same way. Finally I was able to figure out a way to make it happen. The JAFF Reader/Writer Get Together will take place in Tysons Corner VA (near
Washington DC) November 8-10, 2019. We will be having panel discussions, presentations, goodie bags, games, afternoon tea, and other fun. The emphasis is on meeting people and having a good time. All JAFF lovers are welcome! There’s still time to sign up if you’re interested (registration closes October 23). To learn more, stop by the JAFF Get Together website. A copy of the schedule for the weekend is below.
5:00 PM – Pick up Goodie Bag and Registration materials at hotel (Marriott Courtyard Tysons Corner)
6:00 – Catered dinner at hotel
8:00 to 9:00 – JAFF authors roundtable. Author-to-author discussion of challenges writing JAFF with an emphasis on marketing.
8:00 to Whenever – Informal social activities at hotel. Possibly games, crafts, definitely conversation.
9:00 AM Breakfast at St. Thomas Church, McLean VA
9:30 Keynote speech by Abigail Reynolds.
10:30 Blogger Panel – Anna Bitgood Horner, Serena Agusto-Cox, Meredith Esparza 11:30 Panel Discussion – JAFF Audience: Who are the JAFF readers and how can we broaden its appeal? Don Jacobson
12:30 PM Lunch and Jane Austen Trivia
1:30 PM JAFF and Genre Panel Discussion — Modern or Regency, Sequel or Variation, Main Characters or Secondary Characters, Jane Austen in World War II or in Space or….? Elizabeth Adams and Summer Hanford
2:30 Panel TBD
3:30 Attendees return to hotel to change for afternoon tea (wear your Regency gown if you want)
5:00 Delicious afternoon tea at St. Thomas Church, catered by Treats by Gale www.treatsbygale.com
8:00 and later – Informal social activities. Possibly games, crafts. Definitely conversation.
9:00 Breakfast/Brunch at Maggiano’s (walking distance from hotel)
9:30 The History of JAFF Panel Discussion — How did JAFF get started and grow into the phenomenon it is today? with Abigail Reynolds and Meredith Esparza
10:30 Another Panel TBD
Noon — End of Get Together.