Author and former CNN editor speaks at June writing retreat
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 senior editor and 3-book author, John DeDakis, is a guest at this June’s event in west Donegal. John will join a line-up of top-notch published authors in diverse genres including crime, magic realism and science fiction in offering practical guidance to help retreat participants improve their writing skills.
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.’
John (right) spent 25 years with CNN, and also with CBN, working on a wide range of news and current affairs shows, including being senior copy editor on the popular news and current affairs Emmy and Peabody-Award winning programme, ‘The Situation Room,’ with Wolf Blitzer (left). John was also a White House correspondent for CBN News during the last three years of Ronald Reagan's presidency. 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.
Golf and creative writing – a glorious partnership
The term ‘golf widow’ as defined by The Free Dictionary is ‘a wife who is left alone much of the time because her husband is playing golf.’
Website The Golf Widow Club adds ‘playing’ doesn’t necessarily mean just the physical aspect,’ saying, “When he can’t physically go golfing, he mentally goes golfing and drifts away during conversations as he imagines his favorite hole on his favorite course, working out the variables of the green, the wind, the club, the distance.”
It’s advice in such a dilemma: “Before you call a shrink, decide to get serious about a hobby you currently dabble in or get really crazy and pick up a pastime you’ve never tried before, learning a new skill will enrich your soul and invigorate your life.”
Well, guess what! There’s probably no better place to do that than at the ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ on the inspiring ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ in one of the most beautiful part of all Ireland, west Donegal.
Not only can participants at the writing retreat advance their writing skills assisted by experienced authors and become published authors themselves, but their partners can join them and enjoy their experiences equally as well. For there is not one, not two, not three, but four golf courses, including links, close to where the ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ takes place, namely…
This means partners can each pursue their own interests, one taking up the pen and the other the club, then share their thoughts in the evenings over a wonderful dinner. Who knows? Perhaps a best-selling novel – romance or thriller (even science fiction) – centering on golf could emerge from such a union of minds.
So, bring your partner along. Enjoy a vacation that suits both your relaxation needs. Sign up for Ireland’s newest and most innovative creative writing retreat now right HERE.
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