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Got Two New Workshops Live

Well, Not New… New Form…

On Teachable, you can find the two new webinar workshops. We moved over two from the Pop-Up workshops into the Insider’s Guide structure. And the reason is that the four webinars for each would be fantastic discussions.

They are Insider’s Guide to the Indie Game and The Insider’s Guide to Fighting Fear in Your Writing.

Both are June workshops, starting June 3rd when the first week of videos will appear. Webinar for the Indie Game will be Sunday June 10th at 11 a.m. West Coast USA time. Webinar for the Fear workshop will be at 1 p.m. West Coast USA Time.

These are the exact same videos that were on the Pop-up Weekender workshops.

If you took one of the workshops as a weekender and want to repeat it with a webinar included, write me and I’ll send you a code. Of course, you can still get into the one you took.

Lifetime Subscribers, they are already both in your subscription. All you have to do is show up. You don’t have to tell me if you are going to take it.

Both of these are going to be stunning with the webinar discussion and question format. That’s why we decided to move them over. I’m not sure which one I am looking forward to talking about the most. Both will be amazing.

Sign up at Teachable. Or if you have a credit, write me and I’ll get you the code.


Fun Picture…

Kris was at the Global Licensing Expo in Las Vegas today. (I love this new indie world.)

Here is a great picture taken by Loren Coleman that made me laugh.


Special Time of Great Forgetting Offer…

5 Days Left…

Two Regular Workshops and Two Classic Workshops for $500.00 total.

You can keep them as credits until you use them, be we hope you use a few of them in the next few months to fight back the Time of Great Forgetting. You will be happy you did when you hit August and September and are trying to restart.

So to be clear.

—Offer is for one week only.

— Two regular workshops and two classic workshops for $500. (The same amount we give in Kickstarters.)

— You can use them at your own pace.

— And you can buy more than one of these if you like. No limit.

Write me at for questions. Or just pay through Paypal normally and then let me know you have so I can mark down your credits.

July-October workshop lists will be posted in a day or so. Some great new workshops coming. And more webinar workshops as well coming in June. Going to be a fun summer around here for those who stay focused on the writing.

And yes, you can use them for the two new webinar workshops.


Vegas Workshops

We have a nifty new web site for the Vegas workshops. Pretty clear and simple address and a really nifty site that just launched describing the Vegas workshops.

We just ended the special deal we offered for coast workshops.


Lifetime Workshop Subscription

Lifetime Workshop subscribers can take any workshop they want at any time at their own pace. And turn in assignments when they want. The regular workshops on the lifetime panel are dated earlier, but they are identical to the current ones. If we change anything in a workshop, I will update that workshop on the lifetime subscription panel.

If you have taken less than five workshops, you can just buy it directly on Teachable for $3,000. (Right now about $11,000 in value of workshops.) If you have taken over five workshops, the cost is $2,500 through Paypal and you need to write me. If you have taken ten workshops, the price is $2,000 and you need to write me.

We have nine different new workshops scheduled coming up this year. Going to be great fun. And maybe two new webinar workshops in June.

Also, with new workshops, we will offer it a month ahead for only lifetime subscribers before opening it up. I’ll talk more about this later, but the reason is that with the ten or so lifetime subscribers, I don’t want to get swamped on any workshop with too many people taking it. So we will open any new workshop only to lifetime subscribers first.


June Regular Workshops

All twelve June Regular six-week workshops are now available on Teachable for sign-ups. The few of you who have signed up through me using credits will get a code shortly.

Class #61… June 5th … Think Like a Publisher
Class #62… June 5th … Endings
Class #63… June 5th … Point of View
Class #64… June 5th … Writing Mysteries
Class #65… June 5th … Speed
Class #66… June 5th … Teams in Fiction
Class #67… June 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #68… June 6th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #69… June 6th … Character Development
Class #70… June 6th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #71… June 6th … Advanced Depth
Class #72… June 6th … Novel Structure

July-October Schedule coming shortly. New June Webinars just announced.


  • Dave

    Doggone it, Dean! I’m so mad. I spent two years planning my novel. I had every detail planned out to the T. It was gonna be a great series. I had at least 3 books planned. I even started writing backstories for other characters so I could get inside their heads before writing my awesomely, perfected series.

    And then you claimed I should just write into the dark and have fun. Which I did. I’m having fun. But I’m only 30,000 words into the story and my plan no longer works. My creative voice started taking over and changing things. My contagonist is a really nice guy. And the antagonist took over the life of my main character. And then my creative voice started adding all these new characters that I never even planned for. And I’m freaking out. I have no more control over this story. I don’t even know if it’s gonna be anything like what I had planned.

    Yes, I am having fun. I’ve tripled my daily number of words from 2,000 to 6,000 because I want to know what’s gonna happen next. But I can’t believe I put in all that time and effort and years of planning for perfection just to let my creative voice tear it all to shreds and head off in the opposite direction.

    After reading your post about process vs. production and you answering a couple of my questions, I have no idea what to do with this stuff. I think it’s gonna be long. Should I try to chop them up and publish them as as a 10 episode series so I can make some quick cash to buy your workshops and lectures. Or should I just keep letting the story roll and wait till it’s complete to publish anything?

    Dang! If you answer just two of my questions helped me this much, I realized that I really need to join all of your workshops, lectures, and courses. I just wish I had known all this stuff two years ago and started writing then instead of letting my critical mind plan out tiny little nonsensical details that had no bearing to the true story I needed to tell.

    Looking on the bright side, even though now I’m writing fairly quickly and easily while having fun…I guess I can always give my fans the terrible sob story of planning and sweating over the details for 2 years just so they feel sorry for me and justify paying money to read my story and support me.

    So, yeah! I’m mad. I’m angry. I’m furious. At least my critical mind keeps telling me I am when I’m not lost in the new story my creative voice is feeding. Creative voice just smiles and waves and says, “Don’t forget to thank Dean for setting me free.”

    • dwsmith

      LOL, Dave… Welcome to the fun side of the fence. (Grin).

      And nope, don’t even think about publishing until the story is done. When all finished, then step back and say, “What am I going to do with this now?”

      While you start the next novel or story. Remember, the creative voice likes to be kept busy, so once you have it up and running and it finishes a story or novel, fire on the next one to keep it occupied. You don’t want the creative voice to go wondering off while you get all concerned about publishing the last story.