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John DeDakis

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· Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

· Troubled Water

· Bluff (Paperback Edition)

· Bluff (Hardcover Edition)

· Bluff (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Paperback Edition)

· Fast Track (Hardcover)

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· Metro Tableau

· My First Kiss

· Raquette Lake

· Soul 159 (The Long Version)

· Soul 159

· The Wren

· Wow

· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom

· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel?

· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman

· I'm Afraid to Write!

· Advice on Writing a Novel

· Ode to a Mentor (or Letter from the Grave)

· Hope Can Spring From Tragedy

· Whittling it Down

· Dealing with Criticism: Some Suggestions

· Metro Girl

· Garbage Day

· Cemetery at Sunset

· Of Frosted Flakes and Southern Comfort

· Half Our Lives Ago

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· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin

· Wow

· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom

· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel?

· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman

· Can a Man Write Effectively as a Woman?

· Coming to Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference - St. Simon's Island, GA

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From Novice to Novelist

10/6/2014 10:17:00 AM

by John DeDakis

A Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers

 It's not too late.  There's still time to register for the day-long workshop I'm leading for struggling and/or aspiring writers this coming Saturday, October 11th in Montello, Wisconsin near Madison. 

I hope you can make it. (And please forward this to any friends you think might be interested.)  Here are the details:

From Novice to Novelist
A Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers
Overview:  A step-by-step guide on how to write a novel -- and how to sell it. This workshop is for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go from how to get the nub of an idea all the way through to getting your novel into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way, you'll learn how to stay organized, how to write in the voice of the opposite sex, how to conduct effective research interviews, how to rewrite, how to get an agent, how to market your work, and how to face your writing/marketing fears. By the end of our time together, you will have started your novel and you will be equipped with the skills you'll need to perfect it.
Workshop Leader:  Writing Coach John DeDakis is a veteran Emmy-award winning journalist and former Senior Copy Editor for CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."  During his 45-year journalism career (25 years at CNN), John has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.  John is the author of three mystery-suspense novels, teaches novel writing at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland and journalism at The University of Maryland - College Park.  

Morning Session: 9 a.m. to noon
From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up).
This session focuses on how personal experience is the grist of fiction. My sister's suicide, a car-train collision I witnessed as a kid, and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru are all experiences that led to the publication of my three mystery-suspense novels, Fast Track, Bluff, and Troubled Water.  To show how real life influences fiction, I also trace the arc of my nearly 45-year journalism career -- from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot at U.W.-Madison in 1970 to my job as a Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." 

How to Write a Novel
A practical 15-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We'll discuss how to transform the nub of an idea into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent and marketing the finished product.

How to Write in the Voice of the Opposite Sex 
Forget about Venus and Mars.  Emotions are not gender specific.  We all have them.  It just takes a little work (ok, a LOT), to get into the head of the opposite sex.  But it can be done.  In this session, we'll explore how. I write from the point of view of a twenty-something young woman in my three novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. Journalist/Author and Syndicated Columnist Diane Dimond has this to say about my writing: "How John DeDakis can write so compellingly about the world of journalism is no surprise.  But how he can write so convincingly about a woman in the field is astounding!"  And there's this from Reporter Jenna Troum of WSPA (CBS), Greenville, SC: "As a young female journalist, I spent most of this novel wondering how John DeDakis got into my head. Troubled Water is sharp, suspenseful and, most importantly, utterly believable."  

How to Stay Organized - Creating Order from Chaos

There are a lot of moving parts in a novel. The trick is to keep track of them as you do your writing work. In this session, we'll explore strategies for how to avoid getting discouraged when your creativity feels chaotic.

Lunch:  Bring your own or pay extra for catered (see contact info below)

Afternoon Session: 1 - 4 p.m.

Buffing and Polishing - The Art of Rewriting
You've finally finished your manuscript and now you're ready to tell Oprah all about it. Not so fast. The best writing is REwriting. In this session, you'll learn practical ways to put your writing on a flab-burning diet so that your copy is tight, trim and hot -- and all without even having to step onto a treadmill. A big chunk of this is a writing lab, so be sure to bring pen and paper.

Getting an Agent...and Getting Noticed
Writing's the easy part. The hard part is stepping out of your solitary comfort zone and trying to convince someone else that they should read your book. In this session you'll learn how to attract an agent and how to market yourself using strategies that are tailored to your personality.

Facing Your Fears
Not only is writing a lonely process, it can be downright scary. And, when it comes to mustering the courage to share our work with others, fear can turn to terror. In this session (suitable for a keynote address to end a writers' conference), we'll look at understanding what frightens us -- and how to get beyond those fears.  

Registration: $50
To Register, contact:

Readers Realm Book Store
147 E. Montello Street
Montello, Wisconsin 53949
Phone: (608) 297-2200

Hope to see you there (and bring -- or tell -- a friend, or two, or ten).

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More News by John DeDakis

· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin - 10/6/2014 10:10:00 AM
· Wow - 3/6/2014 12:28:00 PM
· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom - 3/5/2014 11:49:00 AM
· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel? - 3/3/2014 11:16:00 AM
· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman - 3/1/2014 6:12:00 AM
· Can a Man Write Effectively as a Woman? - 2/29/2012 3:43:00 AM
· Coming to Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference - St. Simon's Island, GA - 7/17/2011 3:28:00 PM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers (Philly area) - 5/5/2011 12:10:00 PM
· Meet the Author - 3/22/2011 4:11:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers Saratoga Springs, NY - 3/12/2011 7:46:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Florida - 2/5/2011 9:19:00 AM
· First Two Reviews for Bluff Get 5 Stars - 12/30/2010 6:06:00 AM
· Death Along the Inca Trail - 12/16/2010 4:29:00 AM
· You Won't Want to Put it Down - 10/20/2010 3:10:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Pennsylvania - 10/19/2010 6:02:00 PM
· Meaningful Relationships with Women - 10/19/2010 3:11:00 AM
· Page Turners Interview - 10/16/2010 3:35:00 AM
· Coming to Menomonie, Wisconsin - 10/10/2010 7:43:00 PM
· Coming to Appleton, Wisconsin - 10/10/2010 7:32:00 PM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin - 9/14/2010 4:07:00 AM
· Coming to the Chicago Area - 9/13/2010 6:51:00 PM
· Big Blend Radio Interview - 9/2/2010 5:03:00 AM
· BLUFF Goes Into Editing - 7/28/2010 5:01:00 AM
· Coming to St. Davids, Wales - 7/12/2010 11:34:00 PM
· Three Radio Interviews This Week - 6/1/2010 5:20:00 AM
· You Should Write a Book - Radio Interview - 4/26/2010 7:49:00 PM
· Prayer Breakfast Speaker - 4/1/2010 6:57:00 PM
· Coming to Chevy Chase, Maryland - 3/22/2010 10:43:00 PM
· Coming to Oxford, Ohio - 3/22/2010 10:13:00 PM
· Live Online Chat - 3/16/2010 3:22:00 AM
· Coming to Pompton Plains, New Jersey - 3/16/2010 3:07:00 AM
· My Dad's Awful War - 3/12/2010 3:07:00 AM
· Coming to St. Simon's Island, Georgia - 2/27/2010 11:32:00 AM
· Fast Track Now Available on Kindle - 2/2/2010 9:04:00 PM
· Coming to The Writers' Institute - Madison, Wisconsin - 1/27/2010 3:03:00 AM
· Coming to The Writers' Institute - Madison, Wisconsin - 1/27/2010 3:03:00 AM
· A Delicious Recipe and a Great Read - 1/8/2010 4:09:00 AM
· Amazon Readers Love Fast Track - 12/27/2009 7:04:00 AM
· Coming to St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh - 12/13/2009 6:02:00 PM
· Catch That Book Blog Radio Interview - 12/13/2009 5:24:00 PM
· Coming to Masonic Home - Acacia Village - Utica, NY - 10/9/2009 3:55:00 PM
· Coming to Utica, NY - 7/17/2009 5:06:00 AM
· Coming to D.C. - 6/25/2009 7:57:00 PM
· CNN Gets a Peabody - 6/13/2009 10:03:00 AM
· Sarah Palin Visits the Situation Room - 6/13/2009 9:46:00 AM
· Coming to Denver - 5/1/2009 5:34:00 PM
· Fast Track Now Available as an eBook - 4/14/2009 6:04:00 AM
· Barnes & Noble Readers React to Fast Track - 3/20/2009 3:11:00 AM
· Coming to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - 3/7/2009 4:05:00 AM
· The Lonely Page - 3/4/2009 5:20:00 AM
· My Ending Fooled a Cop - 2/27/2009 1:59:00 AM
· St. Olaf College President Calls Fast Track An Important Story - 2/14/2009 5:25:00 AM
· Coming to Bethesda, Maryland - 2/5/2009 3:50:00 AM
· Coming to Gwynedd, Pennsylvania - 2/5/2009 3:07:00 AM
· Coming to Winchester, Virginia - 2/5/2009 2:39:00 AM
· A Satisfied Customer Does a VIDEO Review of Fast Track - 1/4/2009 1:52:00 PM
· Inca Trail Manuscript Accepted - 12/13/2008 3:55:00 AM
· Coming to Barnes & Noble - Exton, Pennsylvania - 12/7/2008 5:45:00 PM
· Coming BACK to Exton, Pennsylvania - 11/23/2008 6:47:00 PM
· Free Sample of Fast Track Now Available - 11/22/2008 9:33:00 AM
· Coming to Exton, Pennsylvania - 11/21/2008 7:05:00 PM
· Suspense Magazine Features Fast Track - 11/7/2008 5:56:00 PM
· Coming to Ambler, Pennsylvania - 9/10/2008 9:07:00 AM
· Coming to Edgerton, Wisconsin - 9/10/2008 8:50:00 AM
· Coming to Belfast, Northern Ireland - 9/10/2008 8:04:00 AM
· Cute Creative Writing PhD - 7/7/2008 3:35:00 PM
· A Discussion of the Creative Process - 5/5/2008 4:37:00 PM
· Coming to Philadelphia - June 12-16 - 4/29/2008 2:45:00 AM
· CNN Editor Speaks at Regent University - 3/22/2008 9:27:00 AM
· The New York Times Writes up CNN - 3/7/2008 4:31:00 AM
· New Blog for Mystery Writers/Readers Features FAST TRACK - 2/25/2008 6:28:00 AM
· CNN Editor Speaks to D.C. Historical Society - 2/22/2008 3:59:00 AM
· Hear it Now: Wisconsin Public Radio Interview - 2/11/2008 9:06:00 PM
· Exciting and Compelling - 11/10/2007 9:15:00 PM
· Mesmerizing Thriller - 11/10/2007 4:09:00 PM
· Highly Recommends Fast Track - 11/10/2007 3:22:00 PM
· Coming to Maine - 8/15/2007 4:05:00 AM
· CNN Journalist Headed to Reno - 6/20/2007 4:49:00 AM
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John DeDakis

Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

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