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Fun Lunch Discussions and Other Stuff

Really Fun Stuff…

I have been having some wonderful lunch discussions with professional writers all week long. Got a number of topics from the discussions I’ll be giving opinions on here as soon as the dust clears a little next week. Great fun for me. Stay tuned.


March Workshops Start Tuesday and Wednesday!!

Below is the list of online workshops for March and all have spots open. In fact, only the business workshop is close to filling.

So for information on how to sign up, go to…

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.

Class #21… Mar 7th … Author Voice
Class #22… Mar 7th … Business
Class #23… Mar 7th … Endings
Class #24… Mar 7th … Ideas
Class #25… Mar 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #26… Mar 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Mar 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 8th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 8th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines


A Fantastic Bundle!!

Not only does it have a full issue of Fiction River in it, plus ten other books including my origin story for Poker Boy. Get it for a limited time at



Tracking Running… March 1st, 2017
4 miles. No running.
Weight 193.
Month to date distance: 4 miles

Tracking Word Counts… March 1st, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 8, Day 1 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,259

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 
— Blog Posts: 100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 100 words
— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 31 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 8 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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  • Sheila

    What a tease! lol Waiting eagerly for those topics, I’m sure they’ll be full of good stuff.

    • Jack

      I love group discussion and workshop even. The list of workshop is quite interesting and thanks for sharing a fantastic bundle in which you have also including you story of Poker Boy.

  • D S Butler

    Dean, do you and Kris still do the Character Voice and Setting Workshop? I’ve heard really good things about it from past students.

    • dwsmith

      It will appear as a classic workshop. Pulled it off the main workshop rotation and now I just have to move it over to Teachable. Should appear in the next month or so.