Dive in: Write your Novel with Jill Dawson

Is there a novel you long to write?  Do you need a focus, deadlines? Are you an experienced writer, but feel stuck, fearing rejection, or needing someone to encourage, support and cheer you on? Would you like to connect monthly with other like-minded writers on Zoom and feel inspired, energised and freshly commited to the joy of the writing life? (And you’ve tried workshops, but are frustrated by the time spent reading the writing of others in the group; you want to concentrate on your own!)

DIVE IN – a brand new group mentoring group course led by award-winning novelist Jill Dawson on Zoom – is for you.  Write your novel, whether your first or your tenth, develop and grow as a writer, rediscover the fulfilment of a creative life, work in an inspiring, supportive group.

  • Access to Jill’s unique, inspiring methodology for getting your novel written from start to finish
  • Jill’s tips on everything from fear of rejection to giving yourself permission, to accepting praise
  • Ten monthly live webinars on Zoom
  • Opportunity to put your questions to Jill.
  • Writing homework in between to keep you productive
  • Scheduled meetings with a writing partner from the group
  • Webinar from literary agent – with live Q and A
  • Insider tips for publishing success
  • Guests talk from other amazing writers on our team
  • Zoom technical support if needed.

DIVE IN is for you.

Benefit from the discipline of meeting monthly with Jill and other writers on Zoom, with structure, focus and support provided by Jill to help you conceptualise, create, find joy and keep going with your novel. Insider tips too from the world of publishing, a chance ot put your questions to a top literary agent, and make regular time to write.  Guest workshops from other award-winning well-known writers to give insider tips and insights and address all the things that other courses leave out: how writers really get an agent, how to bounce back from disappointment or rejection, how to face your fears, find time to write and to keep going and cope with imposter syndrome….

Rediscover the joy of writing. Whether you’re an experienced writer with an idea for a new novel, or just starting out, this course is for you.

Jill Dawson: The award-winning author of eleven novels including Fred & Edie and The Crime Writer (about Patricia Highsmith), Jill is the founder of Gold Dust Mentoring for new writers, and is a relaxed and hugely knowledgeable tutor. Described as ‘inspiring’, ‘generous’ and ‘life-changing’ by writers who’ve worked with her, Jill will lead you as a group on Zoom with fun exercises for getting started, finding out what your novel is really about, keeping going, tackling plot, dreaming up character, setting, voice and dialogue. Plus, along the way, she’ll be offering her idiosyncratic and immersive methodology, great tips on agents, nailing a synopsis and navigating the minefield of publishing. There’ll be guest workshops from the Gold Dust team (drawn from Louise Doughty, Andrew Miller, Andrew Wilson, Sarah Hall, Susan Fletcher, Shelley Weiner and many more!) to add a fresh perspective. And as your novel heads towards completion, you’ll have the the opportunity to put your publishing questions directly to a top publishing agent via a special live webinar.

'The very first person to publish me. Jill published one of my short stories in an anthology. Thanks, @JDawsonwriter. This woman knows her stuff and writes amazing books.'
– Malorie Blackman, ex-children's laureate, author of Noughts and Crosses, on Twitter

Jill usually works with mentees privately, helping writers individually to write their novels. She has taught many writers who have gone on to publish and establish themselves as authors including Jane Rusbridge, Susan Fletcher, James Scudamore, and Harriet Tyce. Here, she brings her expertise to a group setting, so you can work with her from anywhere in the world, as long as you have one Friday a month free, and if you’ve always wanted to be ‘gold-dusted’ by Jill, this is your chance.  Make creative joy a part of your life again and rediscover your writing mojo: Dive in!

'As fiction writers, we are able to make things up. We have imagination. Could we use that skill more deliberately, could we imagine ourselves into the writing lives we want?'  – Jill Dawson, Harpers Bazaar

Read about Jill Dawson’s teaching style in Harpers Bazaar here.


Fee: £1600

Ten Friday afternoons for the webinar, 2pm-4pm

When does it start? 
Friday 10th September 2021

Who is it for?
Anyone who wants to write a novel (and is prepared to work hard to do so)!

Yes!  How do I sign up?
Please complete the application form below. We will reply to you with details of how to pay the fee (1600 GBP) by bank transfer.

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