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A Week of Different Posts: Day Six


Post Six of Seven Days

Fun day. It’s been a fun week. Back at normal tomorrow night. Actually looking forward to normal again.


If any of you turned in a story on some screwy e-mail provider such as Verizon or Microsoft or Comcast, I got the story fine but could not tell you I got it. Sorry. I’ll try to get one of my other e-mail providers who can talk to such providers to respond tomorrow. I won’t send the stories to the editors until tomorrow night (Monday night) to make sure I got everything.

Second, new assignment will be sent out tomorrow night. So please don’t ask me where it is at. Thanks.


February Online Workshops

All of the February Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time.

All workshops have openings.

Class #11… Feb 1st … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Feb 1st … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Feb 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Feb 1st … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Feb 2nd … Character Development
Class #16… Feb 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Feb 3rd … Designing Covers
Class #19… Feb 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Feb 3rd … How to Write Science Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Story #1… A Long Way Down… 2,100 words
Story #2… The Case of the Man Who Saw… 3,200 words


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  • Jeanne

    Hi Dean. Did that newsletter ever go out? I signed up but haven’t seen anything. Should I scour my spam folder or has it been delayed?

    • dwsmith

      Nope, not yet. Toward the end of January and then every month after that, if not every two weeks, depending on news and such. Thanks for asking!

  • Julie

    This excellent rant by Harlan Ellison about writers not demanding payment for their writing-related work was linked to from Passive Guy today and I thought you might agree with the sentiment, Dean!

    The rant is from 2007 but has come up in the context of writers (including Phillip Pulman) boycotting the Oxford Literature Festival (UK) because they don’t pay the writers.

    Really top-quality ranting.