Dear Jane is a project in which people may submit a sentence, a letter, and essay, or whatever written piece they wish in order to express how Jane Austen has affected their lives. It is a way to pay tribute to one of history’s timeless authors.

I had the idea for this project when I wrote a piece about why Jane is so important to me. I wanted to hear other people’s stories and what their thoughts and feelings were.

Someone who is interested in participating in this project can submit a letter to Jane as to how her works and her life have affected them to¬†dearjaneproject@gmail.com. Submitted texts will be uploaded to a blog. They may contain the individual’s name and country if they wish, or if they are more comfortable they may remain anonymous. There is no monetary compensation for submitting a post; rather, this free project is to allow fans to share their stories and create a community with people around the world.

I believe this project can become something great. Each one of us has a story, and my goal is for us all to be able to share them. I think it is a great way to commemorate the life of Jane Austen as we approach the 200th anniversary of her death.

What would you write to Jane?