Help Us Settle the Romance Debate in these Classic Books

I need your help in helping me convince my friend, Alys, that Jane Eyre and Rochester are a great couple!

Alys and I run an annual event called NICE (Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo). Each year we choose 4 selections of classic literature and invite artists of any medium to create art inspired by them. Leading up to the main event, we run a series of podcasts and workshops about these books. While Alys and I have always had our own tastes, this year’s selections (Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind, Dracula, and Little Women) have us hotly debating whether the couples depicted are epic or simply dysfunctional. We’d love YOUR opinion. Join us for a free online workshop.

Here’s the skinny:

Community • Education • Arts, Inc. 6th Annual NICE (Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo) Workshop Series #1

Saturday, August 29

Session One: 1-1:40pm – Best Couple Discussion & Award

Session Two: 2-2:40pm – Most Dysfunctional Couple Discussion & Award

Session Three: 3-3:40pm – Friend Zone Discussion & Award

All Sessions are Virtual Workshops via Zoom video conferencing

To register, simply email us at, and we’ll send you invitation information for August 29’s three Zoom sessions. Free; donations welcome at

Our 2020 NICE literary selections are:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Stand-alone passages and downloadable guidelines & creative submission form available at Listen to our 2020 behind-the-scenes podcast discussions here:

Ready for a discussion on the Romances & Relationships in our four selected books? Join in our three Zoom sessions on Saturday, August 29!

Are Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester the most romantic couple in literature, or a study in dysfunction? Did Jo March invent the friend zone when she turned down Laurie, and did their relationship recover? Are Scarlett and Melanie good best friends? Join Community • Education • Arts, Inc. in our online discussions on Saturday August 29 when we talk about the many couples in our 2020 selected NICE novels.

Photograph of a scene from the Broadway production of Little Women: The Ridgway Company, New York; photograph by White Studio / Public domain

Each mini-workshop is free and will last 40 minutes on Zoom.

In the each session, you can nominate your favorite couple, the couple you thought just…shouldn’t, and the best friend-zoned couple (the best one-on-one relationship defined mostly by friendship, not romance). We’ll discuss your nominations and vote on the awards. Join in one or all three!

We welcome participants who love the books, participants who have only seen the movies and/or TV specials, and participants who have never heard of the books but are in it for a lively discussion. In short – we welcome anyone!

The workshops will be recorded as part of our 2020 NICE podcast discussions, and as possible episodes of our arts podcast, @theroundtable. You may join as a recorded or silent participant.

To register, simply email us at, and we’ll send your invitation for August 29’s three Zoom sessions.

Visit our website at for more information about our arts events & opportunities.

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