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Howard County Chapter June Meeting:
John DeDakis on Writing in the Voice of the Opposite Sex;
Chapter Elections

June 19, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809

Forget about Venus and Mars.  Emotions are not gender specific; we all have them. It just takes a little work (ok, a LOT), to get into the head of the opposite sex.  But it can be done.  Learn how by joining long-time CNN journalist and novelist John DeDakis on June 19, 2014 at the Howard County Chapter meeting. John writes from the point of view of a twenty-something young woman in the three novels of his Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series.

About John DeDakis
John DeKakisAuthor and Writing Coach John DeDakis is a former CNN Senior Copy Editor for the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning news program "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."  DeDakis (pronounced  deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of two mystery/suspense novels (Fast Track and Bluff) published by ArcheBooks. His third and most recent novel, Troubled Water, was published on February 21, 2014 by Strategic Media Books.  

DeDakis began his journalism career in 1969 at a campus radio station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was tear gassed while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from that university in 1977 following a stint in the U.S. Army where he worked as a Special Events Reporter at The American Forces Network - Europe (AFN-E) based in Frankfurt, Germany. During that time he interviewed legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock.  

Some of the other positions he has held over the years include: The first news director of WLSU-FM (88.9); Reporting for WMTV (NBC-15); CBN's White House Correspondent during the last three years of Ronald Reagan's presidency; Teaching journalism and writing; and 25 years for CNN.

In addition to book signings and readings, DeDakis frequently speaks around the country on the topic "From Journalist to Novelist: (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up)."  He is also available as a one-on-one writing coach, a leader of day-long workshops for aspiring and/or struggling writers, and as an editor of book-length manuscripts.  

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) Donors get an extra door prize ticket. All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.



$0.00 RSVP optional but appreciated (you get an extra door prize ticket!)

$0.00 RSVP optional but appreciated (you get an extra door prize ticket!). FREE for first time guests. (Return non-member guests pay $5 at the door.)