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Collection Classes Now Available

They Are Now Available to Get with the Workshop Sale…

Here is the structure of each class in general. A nine week class. (Yes, I said nine weeks.) And each week will have five videos and an assignment. The goal at the end is to have written five new stories with a certain base theme and published a five story collection.

Week #1…  General stuff about collections and the topic of the class and how to do titles. Assignment would be to come up with a number of possible titles and tag lines for your collection that you will be working toward.

Week #2 through Week #6… Videos about the subject of each class and each assignment will be to write a short story. Five stories in five weeks. (I will give you a bunch of prompts each week that fit the topic of the collection, but no requirement you follow any of them. They will be there just to help.

Yes, I will read all the stories, but not for critique reasons, but to help you shape your collection. Meaning I will read each story to tell you my opinion on which story to start with, which story should be put in the middle, which story to end with, and so on. Ultimately your decision, of course. So you will get my feedback after Week #6 (not each week) on how to arrange the stories and Week #6 will, in general, talk about all the varied reasons for story arrangements in different genres and types of collections. (More to it than you would think.)

Week #7… Videos on the reason and how to write collection introductions and story introductions on each story and the assignment will be to write that and back cover copy for your paperback edition.

Week #8… Covers and all the details and you will do a cover for me to help you with and check.

Week #9… Videos on all the aspects of publishing a collection and the assignment will be that you will show me proof for the assignment (a link) that you have published your collection.

So in two months you go from nothing to a collection published, detail by detail, focusing on a certain subject.


If you are signed up and actually turn in all five stories, do a cover, and then on the 9th week assignment send me a link showing that it is published, that is a total win. And I will give you a credit for any Pop-Up you would like. $150 value. A bonus for the win.

But you have to hit each step along the way to hit the challenge.


And now what is really crazy is that we will do this every two months, so six times a year with every one of the classes being a different topic. And the videos will be mostly new each time, focused on how to do a collection with that topic in mind. You can take all of the classes if you want 30 stories and six collections by the end of the year. (A little repeat along the way but not that much, amazingly.)

And I see this going on for a number of years, actually.

So here are the topics we are thinking about for the first year of collections. (I might write along with each one all year long and those attending can read my stories as well. I will give them to you each week.)

2021 Schedule… Collection Class Series

Jan/Feb… Starts January 5th

… Portals Themed Class


March/April… Starts March 2nd

… Heroes/Heroines Themed Class


May/June… Starts May 4th

… Private Eyes Themed Class

… Portals Themed Class


July/August… Starts July 6th

… Fantasy Themed Class

… Heroes/Heroines Themed Class


Sept/Oct… Starts September 7th

… Holidays Themed Class

…Portals Themed Class

… Private Eyes Themed Class


Nov/Dec… Starts November 2nd

… Relationships Themed Class

… Fantasy Themed Class

… Heroes/Heroines Themed Class

This schedule of a class repeating every other month, if this works, will continue on into 2022 with new class topics added.

The cost is $500 each and $2,500 if you want all six. (Workshop sale gets those at half price.) This is not in the standard workshop subscription or will it be part of the regular ten workshops a month. We will be doing new regular workshops in the new year as well.


All workshops, classes, subscriptions, lectures, and everything else on WMG Publishing Teachable is now half price. Simply go there and hit see all courses to find a workshop or class you are interested in.

Then hit purchase for the class and on the top of the next page there is a place to put a coupon code.

The code is:


Put that in and you will get the course or class at half price.

Any questions, feel free to write me.


  • Mihnea Manduteanu

    Very nice, thank you. About the price though, they all appear at 595$ instead of 500 on the website. Which is the correct price?

    • dwsmith

      Teachable is automatically adding in the VAT tax if you live outside the states for the level of the country you live in. Teachable collects it and sends it in for WMG. Also, here in the States, if you live in Texas, they will add in the sales tax now. Other states will be added in over the coming year.

      That’s why the difference. VAT or Sales Tax, automatically added.