Online Novel I with Jaye Wells Writing Workshops Dallas

6-Month Novel Mentorship Program with Jaye Wells

Program Begins May 15, 2019

APPLY BY MAY 5, 2019


We are very excited to offer a limited enrollment 6-Month Novel Mentorshop Program with USA Today bestselling novelist Jaye Wells! The program will accept no more than six motivated writers. This is an immersive course designed to shepherd talented writers to THE END of their manuscript and identify next steps for the manuscript (revision, querying agents, publication, etc.).

The Ideal Applicant for this program has a work well in-progress (minimum 25,000 words complete) and has completed at least one major writing project and/or has completed at least one WWD class. Writers accepted into the program will have basic knowledge of the tools and craft of writing fiction and are looking for an intensive experience without the cost of a top flight graduate program. Interested applicants will want to be a part of a thriving and intimate fiction cohort and understand that growth in craft requires critique, consistent work, and an eagerness to grow.

How it works:

Once you are accepted into the mentorship program, you will schedule a one-on-one session with Jaye to discuss where you are and where you want to be. Together you’ll create a work plan for the next six months. Based on that discussion, you’ll submit a packet of pages two weeks prior to the first scheduled seminar on June 15th.

At the first seminar, you’ll meet the cohort, have a one-hour workshop on a craft topic, discuss common writing issues, etc. At the end of the seminar, you’ll receive your first packet of critiques from Jaye. Within a week of this meeting, you’ll have another one-on-one to discuss the critiques and your individual plan of action for the next month. This process will repeat for six months.

This six-month Novel Mentorship consists of the following:

  • One-on-one mentoring via Skype

  • Monthly seminars with cohort

  • Personalized roadmap for achieving your project goals

  • Accountability

  • Access to mentor via email for questions for six months

  • Monthly critique of pages, including line notes and a detailed edit letter

  • Personalized readings and assignments based on your specific development needs

  • A private portal within Wet Ink for the cohort for encouragement and sharing resources

  • Access to a community of dedicated writers

Monthly Seminars:

  • Three-hour in-person seminar with ability for remote mentees to join in remotely (will be recorded in case student is unable to attend because of prior obligations)

  • 45-1hr min lecture by mentor

  • Writing exercises

  • Roundtable discussions on writing life and craft topics, including readings assigned by mentor

  • At end of each seminar students will receive feedback for pages they submitted

  • There will be seven meetings total. The final meeting is a wrap-up session.

 Mentor’s Monthly Input:

  • One-on-one Skype session to discuss individual monthly goals and progress

  • In-line comments on submitted manuscript pages

  • Feedback letter addressing manuscript pages, accountability update and critical analysis of any assigned readings (4-6 pages)

  • Based on each month’s accomplishments, mentor will assign new readings or exercises to aid in growth

  • Available to answer questions and provide encouragement via portal and email

Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Students send pages to mentor based on individual project goals negotiated with mentor

  • Attend monthly seminar

  • Process reflection letter discussing achievements and areas of growth for the month  

  • Participate in group discussions online via private portal

  • Based on individual needs, mentor may assign articles or craft books to aid mentees growth in specific areas

  • Participate in a monthly one-on-one Skype session with mentor to review individual progress and areas of growth

Application Process:

Complete Application Questionnaire at the top of this page and submit a ten-page writing sample using standard manuscript format to jayewells@gmail.com.

Tuition Payment:

Full Tuition for the 6-month program is $2,900. Accepted writers must commit to the full six months and plan to attend each seminar session and meet all assigned deadlines. Once accepted into the program, writers can pay the tuition in full or in two equal payments of $1,450 (1st Payment made by May 15th, 2nd Payment made by July 1st).

Important Dates for June 2019 Novel Mentorship Cohort:

  • 5/5 Application Deadline

  • 5/15 Acceptance to Program Announced

  • 5/21-5/25 First one-on-one meetings via Skype scheduled

  • 6/1 First Submission Packet Deadline

  • 6/9 Seminar 1-4pm

  • 6/18-6/22 One-on-Ones Via Skype

  • 7/6 Second submission Deadline

  • 7/21 Seminar 1-4pm

  • 7/23-7/23 One on Ones via Skype

  • 8/3 Third Submissions Due

  • 8/18 Seminar 1-4pm

  • 8/20-8/24 One-on-Ones via Skype

  • 9/1 Fourth Submissions due

  • 9/15 Seminar 1-4pm

  • 9/17-9/21 One-on-Ones via Skype

  • 10/5 Fifth submissions Due

  • 10/20 Seminar 1-4pm

  • 10/22-10/26 One-on-Ones via Skype

  • 11/2 Sixth Submissions Due

  • 11/17 Seminar 1-4pm

  • 11/19-23 Final One-on-Ones

Additional Program Information:

  • Tuition is $2,900

  • Class size limited to 6 writers

  • Program Dates: May 15, 2019 to November 23, 2019

  • Seminars meet at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Remote students will be able to dial in. If a student can’t make a seminar they will need to watch the recorded seminar on their own before their next scheduled one-on-one.

  • NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.  

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.


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Mentor Jaye Wells is the author of more than a dozen novels and several short stories and novellas. She is best known for writing urban fantasy with her USA Today bestselling Sabina Kane series and the Prospero’s War series. In 2012, she won the Best Urban Fantasy Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews for Blue-Blooded Vamp, and her novels Dirty Magic, Volatile Bonds, and Silver-Tongued Devil were also nominated for the award. In 2017, she was nominated for the Golden Stake Award by the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival. Before becoming an author, Jaye was a magazine editor and freelance writer. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers Association. In addition to writing, Jaye is also a sought-after speaker and teacher on the topics of writing craft and the writing life. She has served as faculty for the Paradise Lost writing retreat, taught writing at sea for Cruising Writers, ran the writers’ workshop for FenCon, and served as a mentor for Horror Writers Association. She also offers writing workshops and seminars through Writing Workshops Dallas. For more information about Jaye and her books, please visit www.jayewells.com


Student Testimonials


“Jaye Wells led a great Novel Workshop for the past 8 weeks. I'm pleased to have been part of the group that went through this and recommend her and WWD to any serious writer.”

“This was an amazing class. Jaye Wells is passionate about teaching and excellent at it as well as at writing. The intersection of those two things made this a wonderful class. She also has a knack for providing critiques that are honest and constructive in a manner that was just what I needed. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to do a 1:1 with Jaye as well.”

“The workshops are run by published authors/poets, which I really appreciate as I think the goal for most people taking these workshops is to be published. Not only are they giving you excellent information/suggestions, but they're doing so from a well of real-world publishing experience. Jaye Wells' seminar on world building was great—she not only gave us invaluable insights into the art of world building, but she also approached it from a practical standpoint, helping us to understand how to balance her suggestions with the ultimate goal of real-world publication. I highly recommend these workshops. They're an excellent value for the price.”

"I took the Novel Workshop with Jaye Wells this fall and it was extremely helpful. She shared many of her personal tips for writing, organizing, world building, plus provided articles on relevant topics. Great class. Highly recommend."