How to Write a Novel (17112)

Wednesday, October 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: P&P's Classroom (5039 Connecticut Avenue, Unit #7)

$45 (10% off for members)

A practical 15-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential readers. We'll discuss how to transform your first few paragraphs into a book-length project populated with lifelike characters, a twisty plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent and marketing the finished product.

Recommended Reading:
The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, Robert Ray
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and the author of four novels, Fast Track, Bluff, Troubled Water, and Bullet in the Chamber – all part of the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. Bullet in the Chamber deals, in part, with the death of John’s 22-year-old son Stephen in 2011. Bullet in the Chamber is the winner of the Reviewers Choice, Foreward INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards for 2017. During John’s nearly 45-year award-winning career in journalism (25 years at CNN), he has been a White House correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. He has taught journalism at The University of Maryland – College Park and novel-writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. In addition to leading writing workshops around the country and abroad, he edits book-length manuscripts. For more information, visit

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery: From Empty Page to Finished Mystery in Just 52 Weekends--A Dynamic Step-by-Step Program Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440506584
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dell - April 6th, 1998

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634727
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2016