Rachel Dodge speaks at churches, Bible studies, women’s groups, libraries, book clubs, and Jane Austen groups. She teaches college English and Jane Austen classes and is a regular contributor to the popular Jane Austen’s World blog. She enjoys speaking on a variety of topics related to faith, fiction, and family. Read her full bio here.
- Jane Austen’s life, novels, family, and/or faith
- Jane Austen’s prayers
- Classic literature and what good books teach us
- Cultivating a personal prayer life
- The power of prayer journaling
- Finding God’s purpose in your life
- Using your gifts to serve Jesus
- Developing your personal devotional life
- Open topic: Rachel also loves to create special events and brainstorm unique topics to fit every group’s needs.
Tea & Prayer with Jane Austen Special Event Kit
If you want to plan a Tea & Prayer with Jane Austen event for your group, Rachel has designed printable invitations and curated a lovely collection of recipes, decor, and prayer cards here:
Event Ideas for Any Size Group:
If your group is looking for a special event, consider planning a special tea with Jane Austen’s prayers as the centerpiece:
- For smaller events, create an intimate tea table and provide tea, food, and a short program for your guests.
- Program ideas: You can read Jane Austen’s prayers, read excerpts from the book Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen, and have a discussion together. Click here for a leaders guide for small groups.
- For larger events, consider having members of your group sign up to host a tea table. Each hostess can decorate her table with her own tea things.
- Program ideas: You can read Jane Austen’s prayers, read excerpts from the book Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen, and have a discussion together. If you’d like to have Rachel speak or do a video conference for your group, contact her here: events @ racheldodge dot com
- Rachel’s Availability: If you would like to book Rachel to speak at your next event, please send an email to: events @ racheldodge dot com.
- January 19, 2019: Discussion, Q&A, & Book Signing
- JASNA Sac Reading Group: Praying with Jane
- McClatchy Library, Sacramento
- Saturday, January 20th, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- June 2019: Jane Austen’s Manuscript Talk & Viewing
- JASNA Sacramento
- Manuscript Viewing, Mills College
- June (date/time TBD)
- September 2019: Exploring Regency Etiquette
- JASNA Sacramento: Talk and Demonstration
- Sacramento Branch Library
- September (date/time TBD)
- September 2019: Book Table
- JASNA AGM
- Williamsburg, VA
- October 4-6
- January 2020: Sierra Writer’s Conference
- Sierra College
- NCC Campus
- January (TBD)
- December 8, 2018: Reading & Tea Time Prayer
- JASNA Sac: Jane Austen Christmas Tea
- Saturday December 8, 2018 at 1 p.m.
- Westminster Presbyterian Church
- November 4, 2018: “Exploring Jane Austen’s Prayers”:
- Presentation and Author Book Signing
- Sacramento Public Library (Central Branch)
- Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m.
- October 6, 2018: “Praying with Jane” Event
- JASNA Greater Sac
- Sacramento Branch Library
- Saturday, October 6 at 2 p.m.
- September 27-30, 2018:
JASNA AGM: Praying with Jane Book Table
- Kansas City
- September 27-30, 2018
Recordings: If you’re curious about Rachel’s speaking style, particularly for literary groups and events, you can explore the following links:
- Sacramento Public Library’s “How Austentatious!” Series:
- Sense and Sensibility – Introduction & Etiquette Presentation: Dr. David Bell, introduced the book. Then, Rachel Dodge presented an interesting talk on Regency-era etiquette that familiarized audience members with the customs central to all of Jane Austen’s novels. Listen to Rachel’s talk here:
- Pride and Prejudice – Introduction & Tour of Austen’s England: In 2013 “Dr. David Bell introduced the book. Then, Rachel Dodge returned to be our guide to take us a virtual tour of the locales and architecture found in Austen’s books.” Listen to Rachel’s talk here:
- JASNA Greater Sacramento:
- Why Mansfield Park is better than Pride and Prejudice: David Bell and Rachel Dodge made a compelling case on this controversial topic, followed by a (friendly) heated debate.
- What makes Jane Austen great?: Dr. David Bell, retired CSUS English professor and Rachel Dodge, Sierra College English professor, discussed this provocative question. Those in attendance interacted with the speakers enthusiastically.