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  • Set writing goals, hours and deadlines to ensure what’s in your head ends up on the page?
  • Develop characters whom your favorite actors would kill to portray?
  • Build narrative momentum so that your story keeps readers wondering what will happen next?
  • Infuse your writing with heat and verve and make it irresistible to readers?
  • Leave with a blueprint plan for completing your draft within three months?

Then sign up!
Sat. Sept. 22, 2018
10 am – 4pm at THE WRITERS ROOM

Whether you are working on a short story, novel, nonfiction book, essay, book proposal, screenplay, memoir, play, book of poetry, or a genre-bending cookbook-graphic novel, please feel free to contact me to get precise info on a package for you. I also analyze/edit dissertations for those who are all but disgusted (ABD) with their theses!

In addition I have worked as a writing coach since 2003, and am available for individual sessions.

BIO: Jill Dearman is an independent editor, writing coach, and the author of Bang the Keys, a much-lauded book for writers, which includes an introduction by Author John Leland of The New York Times. Her debut novel, The Great Bravura, was published to great acclaim in 2015. As a novelist, she has been featured on NPR and deemed “The New Queen of Noir” by Go Magazine. Augusten Burroughs described The Great Bravura as “Brutal and magical and sexy as hell. Dearman’s noir voice shatters boundaries I never knew existed.” Her book for middle schoolers on the History of Feminism will be published by Nomad Press in April, 2019. Jill is represented by agent Susan Golomb of Writers House. A seasoned teacher, Jill also worked for a decade as a Part-Time Professor of Journalism at New York University, and currently teaches writing at the College of New Rochelle / Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem and at New York University’s College of Applied Liberal Arts. Jill also serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Dialogic Pedagogy. For more:

Press for The Great Bravura

The Venetian Vase, a much-lauded British Crime Mag gives The Great Bravura a brand new rave review. May 9, 2018.

The Brooklyn Rail  features noir scholar and author ROBERT POLITO‘s in depth interview and discussion of noir with Jill Dearman.

NPR: The Author’s Corner for the week of December 14, 2015. Jill Dearman reads two excerpts from The Great Bravura.

Publishers Weekly reviews Jill Dearman’s inspired first novel, March 28, 2016.

Lambda Literary Review recommended The Great Bravura just below Michael Cunningham’s (The Hours) new book of fiction.

The San Francisco Book Review chose The Great Bravura as a Valentine’s Day pick.

Buzzfeed named The Great Bravura one of its “5 LGBT Books to Binge Read this Fall,” in the company of Alan Cumming’s new memoir.

Go Magazine called Jill Dearman “The new Queen of Noir” in a feature story on “Lesbian Noir and The Birth of a Novel.” named Jill Dearman’s The Great Bravura a Holiday Pick (right between Isabel Allende and John Irving’s new novels).

Curve Magazine reviews and recommends The Great Bravura.

The Reading Room included The Great Bravura in its “12 Books to Match Your Fall TV Obsession” round up.

Pop Sugar  recommended The Great Bravura as a top LGBT book pick for 2015.

RT Reviews wrote: “With the illusion of a good magic show and the captivating edge of the early 20th century, The Great Bravura spellbinds readers in its twisted tale.”

Your Tango recommended The Great Bravura in its end of the year round up of books by women.



AmpLit Fest: Saturday, June 11, 11 am – 6 pm, Riverside Park @ W 70th St

Jill Dearman: The Great Bravura 

As our headlining author, Jill Dearman will read from her debut novel, The Great Bravura about a lesbian magician in 1940s NYC caught up in a love triangle of her own creation. Jill will talk with us about noir, the writing life, and more.

Co-produced by Lamprophonic and Summer on the HudsonAmpLit Fest is a free, daylong festival that brings authors of all backgrounds, styles, and levels of recognition to center stage. With readings, workshops, panels, and a community market, AmpLit Fest makes one of life’s most solitary acts — writing — a public celebration.


We closed out the year with a reading at CORNELIA STREET CAFE in NYC on December 16th, with John A. McCaffrey.

Our launch party for The Great Bravura on November 16th at Weather Up Tribeca was a huge success. Books were graciously sold at the event through Mystery Icon Otto Penzler’s “Mysterious Book Shoppe.” See incriminating photos above!

Signed Copies can be bought in person or online.


Blurbs from Cool People Below!

“Brutal and magical and sexy as hell. Dearman’s noir voice shatters boundaries I never knew existed.”
Augusten Burroughs, author
Running With Scissors.

“A rich, noirish picture of Olde New York with a punk sensibility that rocks the senses. Dearman’s characters are twisted,doomed, with a lust for life.”
Roberta Bayley, photographer and author of Patti Smith and Blank Generation Revisited: The Early Days of Punk Rock.

“Sapphically ardent, meta-absurd, and Nin-sexy all at once, Jill Dearman’s tale is a triumph of mysterious pleasures: a Colette martini with a drop of Robbe-Grillet vermouth and a Jeanette Winterson olive.”
Michael Atkinson, author of Exile Cinema and Hemingway Deadlights.

“The Great Bravura straddles two worlds: her feet are firmly planted on earth, among a gritty ragtag group of early-20th century circus performers, while her hands reach for the stars, drawing the reader into a magical mystery realm where fantasy and sorcery are commonplace. Dearman builds on the tension created by the two milieus bumping into each other on the page to ultimately create a morality tale reminiscent of another era―the tragedies of ancient Greece.”
Aaron Krach, artist, journalist, and author of Half-Life.