Challenge,  workshops

A Ton of Workshops Starting Tuesday and Wednesday

And I Do Mean a Ton!!

To start with, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the September regular workshops are firing up. And in that list is the brand new Applied Depth workshop, which helps you focus depth depending on the genre you are writing. It will be a difficult workshop and you must have Depth and Advanced Depth to take it.

Here is the list and you can sign up for any of them on WMG Teachable.

Class #21… Sept 6th … Covers 101
Class #22… Sept 6th … Heinlein’s Rules
Class #23… Sept 6th … Writing with Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th… Writing Into the Dark
Class #25… Sept 6th … Writing Sales Copy
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Writing Short Stories
Class #28… Sept 7th … Killing Critical Voice
Class #29… Sept 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #30… Sept 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #31… Sept 7th … Media Kit
Class #32… Sept 7th … Applied Depth

That might be the best list of regular workshops we have ever had. And if you are new to this, start with the Depth in Writing workshop.

If you are having trouble starting or finishing stories, the Killing Critical Voice would be the workshop for you. Then add Writing into the Dark.

If you want to change your life and get solidly on the road to being a professional writer, Heinlein’s Rules would help you.

If you want to sell more copies of you books, either the Covers 101 workshop or the Writing Sales Copy would help you.


On Tuesday, three different collection classes are starting up. Each of them nine weeks long and you write five short stories to the theme and publish a collection by the end of it, cover and all. They are super fun.

The three September/October collection classes starting on Tuesday are:

— Dynasty Collections

— Private Eyes Collections

— Holiday Collections

Again, you can sign up for them on WMG Teachable. And yes, if you wanted to write two short stories a week for five weeks, you could take two at a time. A couple writers have done it successfully.


The second sessions of the Kickstarter Special workshops from the Pulphouse Kickstarter are firing up. You had to have been signed up through the Kickstarter campaign. (And yes, I am still reading stories from the first sessions.) If you did not get the sign-up email, write me.

Okay, so only 17 workshops starting up. I suppose that could be considered almost a ton.



  • Linda Niehoff

    Would you ever consider doing a collections class on ghost stories (or even a regular workshop)? Not that you need any more to do!

    • dwsmith

      Linda, that is one of the six new collection workshops for 2023. (grin) You are just a day or so ahead of us.

      • Linda Niehoff

        Oh yay!! I’m so excited! I’m assuming it would help to take Covers 101 and Sales Copy first? Up until now I’ve only been subbing to traditional short story markets so I’m a complete beginner. Any other classes I should take first (besides all the Depths)?

        • dwsmith

          Covers and sales will help a ton with the indie side of publishing. The Depth classes are for improving your craft.

  • Jim


    Your recent discussion on the several ways to make money with writing brought me to the topic of Chapbooks over this last weekend. Primarily, with Patreon for upper-tier memberships.

    Do you have experience with them, and if so, are they worth the effort?

    My mind went bonkers with ideas for shorts… short serials… as well as mini graphic novels (though nowhere near novel length). With 20-40 pages the standard, this could be a cost effective way to create an additional revenue source while adding new readers to my funnel – something outside the norm.


    • dwsmith

      To do books with KindlePrint, they have to be 24 or 26? pages minimum. I did about eighty of my short stories in short story paperbacks. I think chapbooks are fun, but remember they are physical and require shipping and that is the problem to keep in mind.