From Novice to Novelist – Crash Course (1729)

Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sold out!

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$105 (10% off for members)

This workshop offers guidance in deconstructing and demystifying the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll start by fostering new ideas and work all the way through to the process of getting your novel into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way, participants will learn various facets of novel writing, including how to stay organized and how to write in different voices. The class will also discuss revision techniques and will include advice on finding an agent, marketing one’s work, and facing writing and marketing fears. By the end of the day-long session, participants will be prepared to begin work on a novel and will be equipped with the skills to perfect it. The workshop will include some writing exercises.

Recommended Reading:
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, Roy Peter Clark
The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, Robert J. Ray

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 John’s 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. 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.

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

Writing Tools (10th Anniversary Edition): 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer By Roy Peter Clark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316014991
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Spark - January 10th, 2008

The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery: From Empty Page to Finished Mystery in Just 52 Weekends--A Dynamic Step-by-Step Program By Robert J. Ray Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440506584
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dell - April 6th, 1998