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December Workshops

Starting In One Week…

First off, those of you got the special How to Write a Holiday Story workshop will be getting a letter from me later this week with the ability to pick which of the two sessions (December or January) you want to take and a code for both.

So hold on for that. December session will start on Tuesday.

The regular December workshops also start on Tuesday and here is the list.

Class #51… Dec 3rd … Endings
Class #52… Dec 3rd … Attitude
Class #54… Dec 3rd … Speed
Class #55… Dec 3rd … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… Dec 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #59… Dec 4th… Information Flow

You can sign up for the regular workshops or other Classic workshops or lectures on Teachable.

I will have up the schedule for January-March shortly. I hope to do a new regular workshop in February since the four months of special workshops will be finished by then. If you have a suggestion for a six-week workshop you think would be fun, write me.

Right now I am looking at a possible Writing Romance workshop, maybe a Power Words workshop, an Advanced Pacing workshop, a Floating Viewpoint workshop, and a couple others. So any suggestions or wants and desires, let me know.

And the seven new Classic workshops will all be loaded by the weekend. Two of them are up now. Research and Author Voice.

Again, all on:



  • Julie

    Hi Dean – I was about to suggest a workshop on writing with emotion but when I checked to see that there wasn’t one already, I saw one listed on this page:

    but I couldn’t find it on Teachable.

    Did I miss it on Teachable? Or is it in the pipeline?

    Also, I remember that you were offering a really good workshop in the Study-Along series – on writing memorable characters? – but cancelled it because there weren’t enough sign-ups, which surprised me enormously. I’d love to do a workshop on that.

    • dwsmith

      Julie, Emotion Workshop is every other month regular. It will be in January and will appear on Teachable a week or so after the December workshops start. I think it’s a good workshop. And yup, we once had a workshop planned here for Las Vegas called memorable characters (and thus it would be on Study Along) but only two people signed up, so we had to cancel it. Bummer because I thought it would be a good one. Seems everyone thinks they already know how to write memorable characters. We have been afraid to even try it as an online workshop. Maybe we should. Thanks for the suggestion.

      • Julie

        Thanks, Dean – I’ll look out for the emotion workshop.

        Still can’t believe that so few people signed up for the memorable characters!

        • Chong Go

          I’m taking the emotion workshop now, and it’s really shifted my perspective. It’s not as cut and dried as some of the other workshops, but it’s definitely gave me a deeper sense of what’s going on under the bones of the story.

  • Phillip McCollum

    No clue what Power Words might possibly be, but I’m intrigued. And the fact that I don’t know what it is reason enough for me to vote on that. Of course, I’d love to take the others you mentioned as well.

  • Cora

    I would sign up for all of those new workshops Dean. Especially advanced Pacing. You had to leave so many things unsaid in the original workshop. It was clearly only scratching the surface. It would be my first priority.

  • Marsha

    I’d love some new workshops. Power Words (no clue what they are), definitely Adv. Pacing, Floating Viewpoints (how does Nora do it?), and I second Julie’s Memorable Characters.