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Ghostwriter for Hire!

  • Iowa Writers' House 332 East Davenport Street Iowa City, IA, 52245 United States (map)

When: Sunday, October 14th, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Where:  Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $75


Have you ever heard someone say, "I’d love to finish my book if I only had the time?" Or, "I wish I was a good enough writer to turn my idea into a book?" Two things are often an impedance to completing a book- 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 finding and engaging clients.



John Peragine is a published author of 14 bookS and 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 including Wine Enthusiast, Acres USA, Winemaker Magazine, and more. He has written a few articles for Writer’s Digest including, “A Writer’s Guide to Iowa City (of Literature)”. His article on ghostwriting was published was republished in the Writer’s Digest’s 2018 Year Book.

His latest book, An Iowa Wine History- Vines in the Prairie comes out this Spring. (History Press). 

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 American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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


They are the writer, I am merely the pen.


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


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


All course information is sent to participants upon registering including confirmation of workshop times, location, and materials. Our workshop cancellation policy can be found here: