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SEPT. 22 Bang the Keys Workshop 10am-4pm Writers Room

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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:


A manuscript is like a fine piece of music. Pitch and tone are essential, as well as the overall impact of the composition. Individual notes are key and must be attended to. A sensitive ear, experience and skill, and a love of the craft are the key elements that YOU should be seeking in an editor.

In working on a manuscript I try to take care to read for tone and note what is most compelling in the parts and the whole of the work, as well as what leaves me cold. I try to be your ideal reader, the one who really “gets” you and expects and desires your best story, and your strongest storytelling skills.

Whether writing up an in-depth analysis of your work, doing a thorough line edit, or both, I treat your work like a child, whom I have been honored with the gift of Godmothering. Like you, my focus will be on removing the obstacles from your child’s life, and helping that child to grow and thrive in the real world, in keeping with his or her true nature. You are not a generic scribe, your project not just any old piece of work, and I am not a hack editor. Individuality is key, for without that spark of humanness, of uniqueness, how can we expect your work to strike a universal chord in the outer world?



Self-Editing Class at NYU Starts July 12, 2018

I began coaching writers in 2003 while banging the keys at The Writers Room in New York City, an Urban Writers Colony. At that time fellow writers, from famous screenwriters, to authors of fiction and nonfiction, to new and struggling scribes approached me with the same desires and fears. Pretty much all writers, I soon discovered, habitually swing on the emotional pendulum between massive grandiosity and paralyzing insecurity. And there was no deep, dark fear nor any megalomaniacal daydream I couldn’t relate to myself! I had previously worked for years as a counselor at the NYC AIDS Hotline as well as the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard. Soon I found myself filling a great need: as a literary mentor, bossy time-management coach, and compassionate friend to all sorts of writers.   Over the years I have coached individuals, led a variety of workshops, spoken at writing conferences, and offered trainings to businesses. I feel privileged to be the confidante and ally of so many fellow writers.

Contact me to learn more about how, and whether, we might work together.

Watch the Bang the Keys book trailer below for a sense of what my book for writers offers, how I work as a coach, and how my writing workshops flow.


The Bang the Keys APP, chock full of writing exercises, is available now:

I work on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and scripts. Here’s a selection of books I’ve worked on as an editor and/or writing coach.