Jan 22: John DeDakis on “From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making It Up)


January 22, 2022  11 am Eastern.

(NOTE: This meeting is on the 4th Saturday rather than the usual 3rd Saturday of the month)  

The Mavens welcome former White House correspondent and Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Bltzer”, JOHN DEDAKIS.

From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up).

Novelist and writing coach John DeDakis will discuss how personal experience is the grist of fiction. His sister’s suicide, a car-train collision he witnessed as a kid, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and his son’s fatal heroin overdose are all experiences that led to the publication of his five mystery-suspense novels. To show how real life influences fiction, he’ll also trace the arc of his nearly 45-year journalism career — from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970 to his job as a Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Novelist and writing coach John DeDakis [pronounced: dee-DAY-kiss] is a former editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis is the author of five mystery-suspense novels. His fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, is the winner of Reviewers Choice, Foreword INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards. In his most recent novel, Fake, protagonist Lark Chadwick is a White House correspondent trying to walk the line between personal feelings and dispassionate objectivity in the era of “fake news” and #MeToo.  Fake earned Honorable Mention for the Reviewers Choice Award and was a Finalist for Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award.  DeDakis, a former White House correspondent, is a manuscript editor, and regularly teaches novel writing online and at literary centers, writers’ conferences, and bookstores around the country and abroad. He is also a jazz drummer. Website: www.johndedakis.com  

Members-only Meeting 10:30

Followed by talk open to the public at 11am.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 22, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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