John DeDakis

John DeDakis

Award-winning novelist, writing coach, and manuscript editor John DeDakis is a former editor on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. DeDakis is the author of five mystery-suspense-thriller novels. In his most recent novel, FAKE, protagonist Lark Chadwick is a White House correspondent dealing with “fake news” in the era of #MeToo. DeDakis, a former White House correspondent, regularly leads writing workshops at literary centers and writers’ conferences. He is also the host of the video podcast One-to-One with John DeDakis on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, DeDakis now lives with his wife Cindy in Baltimore, Maryland.

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John’s upcoming writing classes

  1. How to Write a Novel: A High-Level Introduction for New Writers

    with John DeDakis

    Jul 13, 2024 • 2 hour webinar

    Single-session live webinar

    New and emerging novelists

    Join award-winning novelist and editor John DeDakis in this broad overview of the novelwriting process — everything from getting an idea, to holding a published volume in your hands.