Journaling with Jane

Join us for seven days of Journaling with Jane as we use the themes from her novels to explore our own thoughts, feelings and ideas, and to channel our own creativity.

12 Jul — 18 Jul 2020
Notebook, pen and lots of Jane's novels
We're going to use this lovely Chawton Vine notebook for our journaling. What will you use?

July is a special month for Jane Austen’s House. It is the month that Jane, with her mother and sister Cassandra first moved to Chawton Cottage, sparking a period of great creativity, revision and writing, which ultimately resulted in the creation of her six great novels.

It is also the month in which Jane died, on 18th July 1817.

From Sunday 12th to Saturday 18th July we will be taking a different theme from each of her novels, and using them as starting points to drive our own creativity, whether that’s through prose, poetry, painting, drawing or even embroidery!

We’ll be sharing the themes and prompts for your creativity each day on this page, as well as sharing across our social media. Let us know that you’ll be taking part by sharing your journaling kit with the hashtag #JournalingwithJane

What is Journaling?

Journaling is the practice of taking some time out of your day to set down your thoughts and feelings on paper. It’s a chance to pause and to reflect. While modern journaling is more focused on wellbeing and mindfulness, taking a theme to explore for each day, keeping a daily record is an age old concept and journals do make their appearance in Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey.

My dear madam, I am not so ignorant of young ladies’ ways as you wish to believe me; it is this delightful habit of journaling which largely contributes to form the easy style of writing for which ladies are so generally celebrated.

Henry Tilney to Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey

Illustration by Chris Hammond: Mrs John Dashwood established herself as mistress of Norland
Day 1 of Journaling with Jane takes Sense and Sensibility as a starting point
Illustration by Hugh Thomson: Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley
For Day 2 we will be exploring Jane's most famous novel Pride and Prejudice
Day 3 takes us to Mansfield Park, the first of Jane's novels to be created after she moved to Chawton
First edition of Emma in three volumes with marbled cover and gilt leather binding
Day 4 sees us following Jane's "heroine whom no one but myself will like" on her journey of self discovery.
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Mrs Radcliffe, in four volumes
Today we are off to a world of ruins, abbeys and intrigue; all to be found within the covers of a good book...
First edition of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in four volumes, with gilt leather covers
Today we look at Jane's last full length novel Persuasion for day 6 of Journaling with Jane
Jane Austen life and Times
For Day 7, the final day of Journaling with Jane, we are celebrating!