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How to turn your idea into a novel with Jill Dawson

16 April, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

If you have an idea for a novel, this inspiring class will help you to stop procrastinating and dive into writing. You’ll get involved in practical exercises where you’ll dream up scenes, play with images and flesh out characters. You’ll also learn the essentials of synopsis-writing, structure and storytelling, as well as how to boost productivity.

Suitable for writers of all levels, it’s the ideal class to help you to get your novel out of your head and onto the page.



    • How to stop procrastinating and start writing


    • Identifying research that needs to be done, and the best ways to go about it


    • Developing scenes, settings and establishing a voice


    • How to create and flesh out characters


    • Story, themes, structure and shape


    • The essentials of synopsis-writing


    • How to make time in your life for writing


    • Writing activities, with opportunity for feedback on work carried out during the class

Tutor profile

Jill Dawson is the author of nine novels, including Fred and Edie (short listed for the Orange Prize and the Costa) the Richard and Judy Summer Read choice The Great Lover, the Folio prize nominated The Tell-Tale Heart and the forthcomingThe Crime Writer (about Patricia Highsmith). She has taught creative writing for many years and in many countries, including the National University of Singapore and Amherst College Massachusetts. In 2003, Jill was the Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia, where she later taught on the MA in Writing. She runs Gold Dust, a mentoring scheme for writers. Find out more at www.gold-dust.org.uk.


Underground / National Rail Station
Kings Cross


King’s Place
90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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