How Did Jane Austen Learn To Write?


How did Jane Austen learn to write her famous novels, which include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility? The iconic English writer was born 16 December 1775 and died 18 July 1817.

Jane learnt to write by practising, from an early age with Juvenilia, a collection of stories she wrote from the age of twelve onward, and by writing around 3 000 letters to her family members, her publishers and her literary admirers.

Jane’s most productive writing years were spent in Chawton Cottage. She wrote near a window on a small walnut table on a writing slope from her father. Her dedication allowed her to produce three of her six novels during the last eight years of her life, and to revise her earlier ones.

by Amanda Patterson

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  1. Lisa Etherington-Runions

    When I went to England in 2011, my mother and I visited Winchester so as I could visit Jane Austen’s resting place in Winchester Cathedral. I also visited the last home she lived in before she passed away, just a stones throw from the Cathedral. It was an inspiring moment. As I ventured through the Cathedral grounds I came upon a second hand book stall and was able to purchase a set of books from 1749 which I brought back to Canada with me. During this same trip I also ventured up to the Midlands with my mom to see her former home. She and my dad were born in the Kidderminster area. We were visiting the Malvern Hills, and I walked into an antique shop and while browsing through an old trunk came upon a vintage dress in the style of Jane Austen, along with a velvet tam. Another adventure, another precious find. Since then my daughter purchased a book for me about Jane’s life. One day I will hopefully visit Winchester again, if time allows and wander the same walkways where Jane walked in the days before she left us.

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