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Ghostwriter for Hire!

  • Iowa Writer's House 332 East Davenport Street Iowa City, IA United States (map)

When: Sunday, June 4th, 1-4pm

Where: Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $65 (Early bird price of $55; Regular registration begins May 22nd)


There is a statistic that states that about 80% of the people in the US feel they have a book inside them they want to write. Only about 2% of the population complete and publish a book. Two things are often an impedance, time and skill. Ghostwriters fill in the gap as they are professional writers that have dedicated time and skill to help a client write a book from idea to published form. Currently there is a high demand for ghostwriters, as people want to expand their brands and presence in their respected marketplaces. Ghostwriters can exercise their writing skills, get paid, and not have to worry about coming up with story ideas, marketing or finding a publisher as these are the duties of the client. This presents a great opportunity for freelance writers to create a sustainable income while doing what they love.

This three-hour workshop provides the tools needed to begin ghostwriting which are different than conventional writing. Participants will learn how to collaborate with an author to develop ideas and outlines that match their needs, and will learn how to write in someone else’s voice. Attention will be paid to interviewing skills, transcribing another person’s ideas and concepts, and duplicating an author’s writing style. In addition, participants will learn the basics of being to find and engage clients.


John Peragine is a published author of 12 books, has ghostwritten over 100 others. John is contributor for Huffington Post, Reuters, and the Today Show. He covered the John Edwards trial exclusively for Bloomberg News and the New York Times. He was a columnist in 2015-2016 in Speaker Magazine the official magazine of the National Speakers Association. He has written for a number of national magazines and his article “A Writer’s Guide to Iowa City (of Literature)” comes out in the July/August edition of Writer’s Digest.

John has been writing professionally since 2007, after working 13 years in Social Work and was a professional musician in the Western Piedmont Symphony as their piccolo player for over 25 years. He has been providing services through the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation since 2013. John is a member of the National Writer's Union. (UAW-Local 1981), and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

John lives with his wife and two children on the beautiful Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.


Everyone has a story to tell. If you are financially unable to attend this workshop, scholarships are available through our generous partners and donors.


Helping another person attend a workshop is helping them achieve their dreams. Thank you for making our world a better place.


Earlier Event: June 4
Learning Graphic Novels!
Later Event: June 6
Rainbow Room Write-In