Tutoring Year of The Novel Online

Tutoring Year of The Novel Online

Are you ready to start writing a novel, but aren’t sure where to start? The next Queensland Writers Centre’s Year of the Novel Online course (written by Kim Wilkins and presented by Hachette Australia) starts soon, and I’m thrilled to be tutoring it!

Back in 2009, a few months after my first daughter was born, I knew that it was time to start writing the novel that had been in my head for years. I had done some creative writing evening classes, but needed support to write an entire novel. I browsed online for a course that I could do from home with my newborn, and found a link to the Queensland Writers Centre’s Year of the Novel Online. I signed up, and began writing the manuscript for what was to become Fractured.

What really suited me was not just the course material and writing exercises, but the fact that there was a group of us all writing our first novels, so I had moral support and encouragement to keep writing and get through the first draft. I still keep in touch with some of the participants I met five years ago, and we still critique each other’s writing.

Recently, the Queensland Writers Centre asked me if I’d consider being the tutor for the next course, and I immediately said yes!

The course has been written by author-extraordinaire, Dr. Kim Wilkins (who also writes as Kimberley Freeman), and I will be there to support and guide the participants over the next year as they complete the first draft of their own novels. I am also going to be writing my third novel throughout that time so hopefully by the end of the year, we all have something to show!

The course starts on Monday 27th October 2014. You can find out more details here, and it’d be great to work with you if you’re keen to sign up!

9 thoughts on “Tutoring Year of The Novel Online”

  • Too many happy coincidences to ignore! I signed up on the weekend and then devoured Fractured in one sitting (whilst up feeding my very unhappy newborn!) – I was already looking forward to working with you given some shared themes and now this! Some reassurance that perhaps I can write my novel with a baby. Two things I’ve never done before so wasn’t sure if I was grossly confusing ambition with ability!

    Can’t wait!

    • Hi Jade,

      Fantastic! You definitely can write a novel with a baby, for me it was about routine and word targets every day. I am attempting to write my third with three little kids which is proving challenging, but I know I need to carve out the time as it makes me happier! Looking forward to seeing your novel progress over the next year and getting to know you!


  • Hi Dawn, I’ve signed up as well. I’m writing a novel already and hitting word targets (mostly) but I think it will be great to learn more about structure and other key components to writing a novel… Really looking forward to this! I have two kids, a baby and a three year old. I think it’s important that they see us following our dreams so that we set a good example! 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      Fabulous! You’re so right about teaching the kids to follow their passions. My kids are 5, 3 and 2 so I know how difficult it is to find writing time, but also how important it is. Looking forward to hearing more about your novel over the next year!


  • Thank you Dawn for advising me of the course. I was thinking of doing something like this after I heard you talking about it at your book launch. Looking forward to working with you and meeting up with like minded writers.