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Writers, Look Ahead to 2018

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Hello Friends,

I’m doing a New Year’s writing workshop Sat. Jan 13, all day in Manhattan, for writers who want to start 2018 off right! We work on the practice and craft of writing (two great tastes!), with great gusto and depth. Details below.

For those outside of NYC with a writing habit: if you’re looking for a holiday gift for yourself or a friend, I’ve got editing and coaching packages up my sleeve. Read on, rather than weep.

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Teaching video:




  • Set writing goals, hours and deadlines to ensure what’s in your head ends up on the page?
  • Develop characters who 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. Jan. 13, 2018
10 am – 4pm in Chelsea



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!


I began coaching writers in 2003 while banging the keys at The Writer’s 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. I am here to help you with your confidence, your craft and your strategy.

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 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.” Jill also worked for a decade as a PT Prof. of Journalism at NYU. For more:




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