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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 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.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Journalist and novelist John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis is the author of four mystery-suspense novels. His most recent novel, Bullet in the Chamber, deals, in part, with the death of his son in 2011 due to an accidental heroin overdose.
DeDakis is a writing coach, manuscript editor, and writing workshop leader. During his award-winning 45-year career in journalism (25 years at CNN), DeDakis has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
He lives in Baltimore, has taught journalism at the University of Maryland – College Park, and teaches novel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. www.johndedakis.com