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March Online Workshops Starting

March Online Workshops Starting…

Still room to jump in.

Also, in the next day or so I will announce something Kris and I are doing once again, against our better judgement, but because we got a great deal of requests to do it again after two years.


Only this time we will be doing it more extensively in a series of workshops to figure out where you are at and what you are strong at and areas you need to work on. The four areas will be Craft, Business, Sales, and Genre. Both basic and advanced in all four. (I’ll explain it all.)

They will be very similar to a regular workshop, only three weeks long with the same five focused exercises. We will give lots of advice on what you need to do, where to find help, exercises to do, and so on. And where you are strong already and how to stay strong in that area.

And just as two years ago, it will only be for a very short time. (We can only handle this for a short time and with a limited number of people since it is very one-on-one and personal help.) So stay tuned for that. I’ll have a full announcement on that in a few days.

But where else can you get two bestsellers and editors looking at your work and telling you where you are strong and where to work in areas and how to do it?


March Workshops Last Call!!

All March workshops have spots open.

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


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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 6th, 2017
2 miles. No running.
Weight 193.
Month to date distance: 15 miles

Tracking Word Counts… March 6th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 8, Day 6 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,264

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 
— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 700 words
— E-mail: 41 e-mails. Approx. 3,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 139 e-mails. Approx. 9,700 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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  • J.A. Marlow

    Aww man. I took the last one you offered way back when and found it quite interesting, but I really like how you’ve expanded it. But, no job and now have another parent with cancer. Phooey. Not gonna happen this time around. 🙁

    For anyone else considering it, do it! Where else can you get this kind of information from TWO award winning long-term writers to help you grow as a professional? There’s so much out there for beginners, and not much for those past that point. Take advantage of this while you can!

    Am I the only one worried about who will pick up this particular mantle once Dean and Kris stop doing it? 😛

    • dwsmith

      Yeah, because of the one-on-one intense feedback in the Strengths stuff, we don’t do this any more often than once every few years. Too hard on us. A friend asked me this afternoon if I was crazy and I said yes, but only for a month or so. (grin)