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Author, Tara Richter of “10 Rules to Survive the Dating Jungle” and certified Dating Coach will be holding a book signing on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 8:30 AM at the The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, FL during the workshop for Aspiring Authors.

WORKSHOP FOR ASPIRING NOVELISTS: CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” Senior Copy Editor & Novelist John DeDakis’ provides key instructions to get published. Price includes lunch, breaks & networking. Here’s a breakdown of the events:

Arrive with notebook and get ready to write!!  Accomplished journalist and author of mystery suspense novels John DeDakis will autograph a copy of his book “Fast Track” to the first 25 people who sign up.   Here are blurbs for the five sessions following registration at 8:30 a.m in the MiraMar Room:

1. “From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up).” 9am

This session focuses on how personal experience is the grist of fiction.  My sister’s suicide, a car-train collision I witnessed as a kid, and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru are all experiences that led to the publication of my two mystery-suspense novels, “Fast Track” and “Bluff.” I also trace the arc of my 40-year journalism career — from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970 to my current job as a Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” — to show how journalism influences fiction.

 2. How to Write a Novel 10:00

A practical 15-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We’ll discuss how to transform the nub of an idea into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We’ll also look at strategies for finding an agent and marketing the finished product.

3. How to Stay Organized – Creating Order from Chaos 11:00

There are a lot of moving parts in a novel.  The trick is to keep track of them as you do your writing work.  In this session, we’ll explore strategies for how to avoid getting discouraged when your creativity feels chaotic.

NOON **The Ritz Buffet Lunch and networking with publishers, journalists, and other aspiring writers

4. Buffing and Polishing 1pm  

You’ve finally finished your manuscript and now you’re ready to tell Oprah all about it. Not so fast. The best writing is REwriting. In this session, you’ll learn practical ways to put your writing on a flab-burning diet so that your copy is tight, trim and hot — and all without even having to step onto a treadmill.  A big chunk of this is a writing lab, so be sure to bring pen and paper.

5. Getting an Agent…and Getting Noticed  2pm

Writing’s the easy part. The hard part is stepping out of your solitary comfort zone and trying to convince someone else that they should read your book. In this session you’ll learn how to attract an agent and how to market yourself using strategies that are tailored to your personality.

Additional networking opportunity with industry professionals.. 3:15pm

The workshop being organized by Patti Tripathi of TriPath Media, former news anchor, now operating her media relations consulting firm.  With queries: info@TriPathMedia.com or (703) 371-2007

Tara Richter

Tara Richter is an Internet Dating Coach in Tampa Bay. She is the author of “The Dating Jungle Series” and an Internet TV Show Host.