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You are Passionate, Jane | Diana Birchall and Syrie James
Jane Austen Summer Program

You are Passionate, Jane | Diana Birchall and Syrie James

Diana Birchall worked for many years as a story analyst for Warner Bros Studios, evaluating novels. Reading popular manuscripts went side by side with a lifetime of Jane Austen scholarship, and resulted in her writing Austenesque fiction both as homage and close study of Jane Austen’s style. She is the author of Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, In Defense of Mrs. Elton, Mrs. Elton in America, The Bride of Northanger, and hundreds of short stories. She and Syrie James have co-written several Austenesque comedy plays, which have been performed in many cities. Diana's own "You Are Passionate, Jane," a dialogue between Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte in Heaven, has been performed for many appreciative JASNA audiences as well as at Chawton House Library in England. Find out more about Diana on her Facebook page: Syrie James is the international bestselling author of thirteen critically acclaimed novels of historical and contemporary fiction, including The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, Jane Austen's First Love, and The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë. A life member of the WGA, JASNA, and the Historical Novel Society, Syrie has sold 20 screenplays to film and television and written, directed, and performed in original plays across North America and off-Broadway in New York. Syrie has spoken at numerous JASNA events and at Chawton House Library in England. Her books have been translated into 21 languages and won many awards including the Audiobook Audie. Syrie is currently writing a new series of Historical Mystery Romances set in 19th Century England that will be published in 2025. Learn more about Syrie on her website:

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