Saturday 30 January 2021 | 10:00am

Creative Writing Masterclass with Jill Dawson: How to Write a Novel

Saturday 30 January 2021 | 10:00am

Creative Writing Masterclass with Jill Dawson: How to Write a Novel

£35.00 - Single event ticket
Have you got a novel in you? What will it take to get your book out into the world? An interactive two-hour masterclass where award winning author Jill Dawson, helps you explore and refine your creative writing skills.

Festival patron Jill Dawson has taught Creative Writing in a huge variety of settings from the Arvon Foundation and Faber Academy to the University of East Anglia’s famous MA programme.  In 2008 she founded Gold Dust Mentoring  and through it she and her team, including writers Louise Doughty, Sarah Hall and Andrew Miller, have helped a huge number of writers reach publication and writing success.

Jill will share her own unique method: starting points, on planning or plunging, characters, narrative, making time to write, how to get the first draft on the page.  She will also cover some of the tools needed to keep you going with the project.

Suitable for writers at all levels desiring to make their ideas a reality, this class is sure to boost your confidence and make 2021 the year you formulate that novel you’ve long dreamed of writing.

Attend with a pen and notebook or your laptop, as you are sure to want to take notes and try out Jill’s highly practical suggestions for how to conjure up the novel and make the time needed to write it.

The session will be comprised of a one-hour masterclass over Zoom, a ten-minute break, and a second hour in which you can ask Jill your questions, chaired by writer Leigh Chambers, writer and presenter of Bookmark, Cambridge 105 Radio.

Please note: detailed instructions on how to access the event over Zoom will be sent to your email address the day before the event.


Author Biography

Jill Dawson is the author of ten novels and editor of six anthologies of short stories and poetry. Her latest is The Language of Birds, the story of the nanny murdered in the Lord Lucan affair.

She has won an Eric Gregory award for poetry, East Anglian Book of the Year for her novel on Patricia Highsmith, The Crime Writer, a Richard and Judy recommendation for her novel on the poet Rupert Brooke, The Great Lover, a Fiction Uncovered prize for her novel Lucky Bunny,  a Folio nomination for The Tell Tale Heart and been twice nominated for the Women’s Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Award.

Zoom Information

You will receive a link to the Zoom call on Friday 29 January, which will take you to the waiting room for the call. If you haven’t used Zoom before, clicking the link will also prompt you to download Zoom. We recommend doing this ahead of time to ensure a smooth experience.

Please note that a Zoom account is not required to join the call, but we ask that you join the call using the same name as you bought your ticket with.

The masterclass will be open from 9:45am [GMT] on Saturday 30 January, and will start promptly at 10am [GMT].