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An Order To Workshops

Craft Courses First…

I have a workshop curriculum that has been posted for a while, but since we are doing a half-price sale right now for everything on Teachable (see last post for details), I thought I would revamp the curriculum some and help writers decide what class to take next.

Today I will do the foundation courses for craft. Tomorrow I’ll update the foundation courses for publishing, genre, and attitude.

And the numbers are my suggestions on the order to take these workshops because many of them build on others. (Two types of workshops are included. Regular and Classic. It is a regular workshop offered monthly unless noted as Classic. At some point I will add in all the lectures and Pop-ups. That could get real interesting.)


1… Depth
2… Advanced Depth (Depth required)
3… Writing into the Dark (Depth required)
4… Teams (Depth suggested to help)
5… Killing the Critical Voice
6… Research (Depth #3) (Classic workshop. Depth required)
7… Information Flow (Depth required)
8… Endings
9… Writing with Speed (Depth required)
10… Pacing (Classic workshop)
11… Writing with Emotion
12… How to Use Tags in Fiction Writing (Classic Workshop. Depth required)
13… How to Study (Classic Workshop)
14… Secondary Plot Lines (Classic Workshop)
15… Advanced Character and Dialogue (Classic Workshop)
16… Point of View (Classic Workshop. Depth suggested)
17… Author Voice (Classic Workshop. Depth suggested strongly, as well as Advanced Depth)
18… Cliffhanger (Classic workshop)
19… Plotting with Depth (Classic Workshop. Depth required)
20… Novel Structure (Classic Workshop)

These twenty workshops will jump you so far ahead in your writing skills, you won’t be able to see it, but your friends and readers will. And I know, interesting that Teams workshop is the 4th most important, but trust me, it is a foundation course and important.

Don’t worry about the Advanced Character title in the Dialog workshop. It was just a name that got stuck on it to help people understand it.

One way to take all these courses at a reduced price is to sign up for the lifetime subscription to workshops. All of these workshops, classic and regular are in the subscription.


MORE CRAFT-FOCUSED COURSES (Depth suggested for all of them except Ideas)

… Character Voice (classic workshop)
… Adding Suspense (classic workshop)
… Ideas (classic workshop)
… Character Development (classic workshop)
… Expectations (classic workshop)
… Writing in Series (classic workshop)
… Writing Short Stories

No suggested order on these, but the order above would do. Tomorrow I will list the genres and the publishing workshops.

Remember, right now all of these are half price on Teachable.


  • Philip

    Just went on a WMG buying spree for the long weekend off from work/Covid19 Bunker. 2 online workshops and 6 lectures. Probably going to buy even more before the deadline hits. What a great opportunity for writers. Thanks to the pandemic, I actually lost my second job yet benefited in getting more money at my day job, so I finally have more free tome to do what I love. Thanks Dean.

  • Britt Malka

    Thank you for the updated list. I’m on #4 right now, Teams, but also on #5, which is a brilliant and life-changing workshop.

    Every writer should go through your “Depth” workshop. I have never come across anything even close to that one before. It changes everything.

    • Philip

      I agree. I took Depth two years ago and it changed the way I see things. It also had a side effect of giving me guidance on where to go in the very next sentence when Critical Voice has me stuck.

      • Britt Malka

        Exactly my experience, Philip. It makes writing into the dark a breeze. (Says I who are at chapter 9 in my first novella written into the dark 😀 )

        • Mark Kuhn

          I could not agree more. I can’t begin to count how many times when I’ve been stuck that Depth got me moving again.
          Probably the best writing course I’ve ever taken.