October 12 Chapter Meeting: John DeDakis – The Grist of Fiction

Wednesday, October 12 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A sister’s suicide, a son’s fatal heroin overdose, a deadly car-train collision, and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, are all personal experiences that led to the publication of the four mystery-suspense novels written by John DeDakis. To show how real life influences fiction, he will also trace the arc of his nearly 45-year journalism career — from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970 to his former job as a Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

About the Presenter

John DeDakis photoJohn is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and author of four novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. John’s fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, was just released October first. It deals, in part, with the fatal heroin overdose of his son Stephen in 2011.
John DeDakis (deh-DAY-kiss) is a writing coach, a manuscript editor, and a writing workshop leader.
During his award-winning 45-year career in journalism (25 years at CNN), he has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
John lives in Baltimore and has taught journalism at the University of Maryland – College Park and novel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Wednesday, October 12 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot