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Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con

The next Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con is being held on October 5-7, 2018 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center in Columbia, MD. Look for more information coming soon!

Our purpose is to gather readers and writers of all genre fiction; including mystery, suspense, romance, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal etc.

There will be panels to interest both writers and fans. All meals will be included and everyone will eat all of their meals together. There will be keynote speeches, guest interviews and so much more!

Our second local guest speaker for the 2018 conference has been identified!

E.A. Aymar will be our other local guest.

E.A. Aymar is the author of I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2013) and You’re As Good As Dead (2015), both from Black Opal Books. His column, Decisions and Revisions, appears monthly in the Washington Independent Review of Books, and he is also the Managing Editor of The Thrill Begins, ITW’s online resource for aspiring and debut thriller writers.In addition to ITW, he is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and SinC. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C. He holds a Masters in Literature and lives with his wife and son, and a small animal menagerie, just outside of D.C.

He is also involved in a collaboration with DJ Alkimist, a NY and DC-based DJ, where his stories are set to her music. For more information about that project, visit www.eaalkimist.com.


John Dedakis has kindly accepted our invitation to speak at the conference and will also be presenting a session on writing.

John Dedakis

Award-winning Author 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 is the author of four mystery/suspense novels — Fast Track, BluffTroubled Water, and Bullet in the Chamber. From 2013 to 2015, DeDakis was an adjunct journalism faculty member at the University of Maryland-College Park. In the fall of 2014, he began leading the “From Novice to Novelist” writing workshop at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He’s been leading writing workshops at Washington’s popular independent bookstore Politics and Prose since the fall of 2015. John DeDakis, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 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 from 1972-74 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. In 1970, DeDakis was the first news director of WLSU-FM (88.9 NPR) located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  From 1976 to 1983, DeDakis was a reporter at WMTV (NBC-15) in Madison, Wisconsin where he covered energy and transportation issues.  From 1983 to 1988, he was a General Assignment Correspondent with CBN News in Virginia Beach, Virginia. DeDakis was CBN’s White House Correspondent during the last three years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.  In addition to interviewing Reagan, John also interviewed former president Jimmy Carter. In March 2013, DeDakis retired from CNN after a 25-year career there that began in 1988 when he joined the network as a writer. From 2001 to 2005, he supervised the writing on CNN’s “Daybreak,” anchored by Carol Costello. He also copy edited newscasts anchored by Donna Kelley, Leon Harris, Bill Hemmer, Daryn Kagan, Kitty Pilgrim, and Martin Savidge.
From 2006 to 2013, DeDakis led workshops in broadcast newswriting in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau.

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