Dive in: Write your Novel with Jill Dawson

Have you always wanted to write a novel?  Would you benefit from the discipline of meeting regularly with other writers on Zoom – to learn from Jill about the world of publishing, agents and what it takes to complete a novel from start to finish?  Have you been frustrated by courses where too much time’s spent reading the work of others and not enough focusing on your writing? Do you have an idea for a novel that you long to bring to life?

This course is for you.
A one-off opportunity to work with acclaimed novelist Jill Dawson – in a group – to complete your novel, collaborating from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. With monthly, live Friday afternoon webinars, regular goals, writing excercises, a ‘writing-buddy’ model, working with like-minded individuals you’ll develop a highly practical, structured, inspiring plan for completing the novel you’ve dreamed of writing. Whether you’re an experienced writer with an idea for a new book or just starting out, this course is for you.

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 webinar.

‘I wanted to write and thank you for all your support. I can’t tell you how much I have learned from Jill Dawson – every single session gave me a new insight about my work, the process of writing and the industry itself. And it made it seem doable, less frightening and lonely!’
– Alex Hourston, author of In My House, Faber.

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 has decided to bring that 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.

Fee: £1600

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

What you get

  • Access to Jill’s unique, inspiring methodology for getting your novel written from start to finish
  • 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
  • Guest talk from a second writing tutor of similar calibre
  • Zoom technical support if needed.

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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