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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.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
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