Ireland Writing Retreat, the only literary event to take place on the nation’s famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way,’ is delighted to announce that former CNN editor and author, John DeDakis, will conduct practical writing and editing workshops at this June’s event in west Donegal.
John’s interest in the mystery suspense genre began long before he finished the first of his three published novels, ‘Fast Track,’ ‘Bluff’ and ‘Troubled Water.’ In fact, John – who will fly to Ireland directly from Washington DC where he now lives - enjoyed the rare privilege of conducting a 40-minute, one-on-one radio interview with the man who has been nicknamed the ‘Master of Suspense,’ Alfred Hitchcock. The career of this British director, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller movie genres, spanned half a century and led to such celluloid successes as ‘The Birds,’ ‘Dial M for Murder’ and ‘Psycho.’
The Wisconsin native is a popular creative writing workshop leader at conferences both within the US and abroad, including Sleuthfest (Florida), Killer Nashville (Tennessee), Pennwriters (Pennsylvania), Flathead River (Montana), Hampton Roads (Virginia), BooksAlive (Florida), Lakefly (Wisconsin).
He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and in 2013 served as a judge for the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel (hardcover).
John is also an adjunct journalism faculty member at the University of Maryland-College Park and has been a lecturer at the American University, Washington, D.C. and Writer-in-Residence at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, teaching fiction writing classes and holding one-on-one writing tutorials.
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