VIRTUAL MEETING | 27 Feb 2021 | Common Reading: Honey Bunch: Just a Little Girl (1923) | Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group

Spring 2021 Virtual Meeting

Texas Regional SSAWW (Society for the Study of American Women Writers) Study Group

Saturday February 27th, 2021 from 1-3pm CST

Message from Dr. Desirée Henderson:

This Spring, the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will hold our first virtual meeting. We will gather via Zoom on Saturday February 27th, 2021 from 1-3pm CST, hosted by LuElla D’Amico (University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio TX). Our common reading is the first Honey Bunch novel by Helen Louise Thorndyke, Honey Bunch: Just a Little Girl (1923), available as an open-access digital edition.  

We will be reading the novel as it appears in the digital edition The Sweet Public Domain: Celebrating Copyright Expiration with the Honey Bunch Series by Helen Louise Thorndyke, Sara Benson, and Kaylen Dwyer. We encourage participants to read the critical apparatus, including LuElla D’Amico’s introductory essay “Just a Little Bestselling Series: An Introduction to the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s Honey Bunch Series,” in addition to the novel.

For a link to the text, a complete schedule, and information about how to register to attend, please go to: 

The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women’s writing. Attendance is free. This spring, we welcome the virtual participation of SSAWW members from outside of our region.

Feel free to advertise to colleagues or grad students. We look forward to a lively virtual gathering!


Desiree Henderson ( or Theresa Gaul (

Schedule of Events

Our afternoon discussion will have several parts (beginning at 1pm CST):
  • Kick off and Icebreaker (15-20 minutes)
  • Book Introduction and Discussion (30-45 minutes)
  • Break
  • Pedagogy Discussion (30 minutes)
  • Library Tour (20-30 minutes, see below for details)
  • Wrap-Up Chat (10-15 minutes)
  • Break
  • Optional: 3:15-4:15pm Happy Hour
    — We’ll discuss how our research, teaching, and lives have been affected by the pandemic, with your beverage of choice!

To attend: Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Library Tour

The Texas Regional Study Group prioritizes sharing and celebrating our local archives. In this spirit, we will be given a virtual tour of the the Erisman–Odom Collection at Texas Christian University, a collection of children’s serial fiction primarily published in the first half of the 20th century, containing approximately 3,448 titles.