Summer Meeting (Virtual) – Readings from Jane Austen’s Juvenalia

June 6, 2020 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Kathie Bassett - JASNA-StL Programming
(314) 727-9112
Summer Meeting (Virtual) - Readings from Jane Austen's Juvenalia @ Zoom!

We will be holding our first virtual summer meeting on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. CT to explore Austen’s often overlooked volumes of Juvenilia.

Ten JASNA-STL members have graciously volunteered to share readings representative of the range of this early work, written by Austen between the tender ages of 11 to 17 years old.

Whether or not you are familiar with the Juvenilia, you will be amused by Austen’s satirical wit and surprised by the depth of these childhood sketches intended to entertain her family.

Jennifer Darnell, JASNA-STL Treasurer & Membership Coordinator, has generously agreed to host the June meeting from her Zoom account.

You will receive an email with a detailed program with links to readings in the next few days.

Please look for an email approximately 24 hours prior to the meeting with the Zoom link. The protocols for the meeting will be included in this email.

Zoom Instructions:

If you are using Zoom for the first time and would like a tutorial, you can either email Jennifer at or look at the following YouTube tutorial:

Looking to set the Stage?  Optional Zoom Background Possibilities:

Ellen Kunkelmann, JASNA-STL Publicity Coordinator, has suggested a few options for changing your virtual background on Zoom to transport us to Austen’s England for the afternoon. Any of the following choices would be perfect for our virtual JASNA meeting.

Check out the Great Hall at Badminton, the gardens at Shute House, and the Cotswold cottage at the end!

Even more options are available online – do an online search for “Zoom virtual background” to see dozens of Zoom-ready options. You can use any image, although it may need to be resized for Zoom background use. For more information on this, visit

Please note that you can change your background on the Zoom desktop app for PC and Mac and on the mobile Zoom app for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) apps… but unfortunately the Android app does not support this feature at this time.

Ready to give it a try? Here’s a link with step-by-step instructions, tips, and helpful videos:  or

And, for maximum effect, consider pairing one of these backgrounds with your Regency finery!

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