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. From Novice to Novelist

    with John DeDakis

    Mar 22, 2023 • 6 week master class

    Live instructor-led videoconferences plus day-to-day interaction on Scribophile

    Aspiring writers of all genres, with or without written material

    Award-winning novelist and editor John DeDakis teaches you how to take an idea and turn it into a published novel—everything from brainstorming, to writing effective prose, to industry how-tos.