Challenge,  workshops

Recommended Classes of the Week

Finally Started It…

Every Monday Kris and I will post new Recommended Classes of the Week (They have a picture of Cheeps on them).

Normally each week will consist of a classic workshop with six weeks worth of videos on the weekly topic, a Pop-Up class on the same general topic, and a lecture. Plus there will also be a link to get an electronic book on the same topic.

Total value for the class for each part bought on its own is $355.

The price of the Recommended Class is $250.00.

Since we are not doing sales much at all anymore, for one week only, the first week, the Recommended Classes of the Week will be half price. From then on it will be regularly $250.00.

This is Week #1… Time Management Focus includes:

— Classic Productivity Class

— Pop-Up #34… The Freedom of Indie Publishing

— Writer’s Block Lecture

— Time Management… A book by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

So if you are having issues with Time Management in your writing, these are the classes and the book that might help.

It is on Teachable.

A couple details…

— When I post the second week next Monday, the first week will go back to the regular price (which is still a good discounted price). Second week will then be half price.

— We will not discount any of this because you have had one or more of the three. Please don’t ask. These are really good deals each week and Kris and I spend time making sure they are focused in a way that will help.

So right now, for one week, the Recommended Classes of the Week, Week #1 focused on Time Management, is half price.

Just use the code


To get the half price.



  • Nathan Haines

    I decided to look at the Productivity workshop to see if I’d taken it or not (my early notes are a little scattered… now they’re all scanned and organized. Mostly…)

    Week 1, Session 2a, you’re talking about advice you get early on from writing teachers or amateur writers and all the writing myths and so on reminded me of something you told me about three years ago. I’ll share it here for the benefit of newer writers than I.

    A friend gave me a copy of that year’s Writers of the Future and said she loved a certain story. I read it (and loved many of the stories), but a good half the stories just… ended. Or rather, didn’t. They just stopped. I asked her about one that made me particularly angry and she said, “Yeah, that story didn’t have an ending.” Now, I’m no stranger to the idea of “leave them wanting more, but after reading about 2/3rds of the stories that year and growing angrier with each passing one, I decided to risk sounding dumb to a professional writer, emailed you, and asked, “Did I miss a memo or something? Are stories supposed to end like this?” Because I figured I’d get back an honest answer.

    And you kindly wrote back and said, something to the effect that I was seeing the editor’s taste in stories and beginning writers, and it was important (genre expectations not withstanding) to let my own stories end the way I feel they should end. But you mentioned something else in the middle of that. You suggested that instead of gleaning lessons from beginning writers, I “might want to study Asimov’s [Science Fiction] instead.”

    On hearing this, I was enlightened.

    • dwsmith

      Yup, the key with Writers of the Future is that it will be Jody Lynn Nye’s tastes, from the choices early stage writers give her each quarter, then sort of dulled by the fact that a bunch of judges make the final decisions from her tastes, then after all the judging is done, I get to try to help the beginning writers tune up their story some for the book. Great collection of stories in the end, worth reading. And you won’t like them all. No one will in that format, which is part of the point. But no matter how good all of us professionals can help the younger writers make their stories, it is still what it is. A fantastic collection of beginning writers, thus the name WRITERS OF THE FUTURE.

      If the writers in the volume stop learning, which the free class for all the writers in the books tries to help them get past, they will not be writers of the future, but instead just stop. If they keep learning craft and business, they will continue to grow and get better and they really will become a writer of the future.

      But why study writers who are just starting out? Study long-term professionals. Study the writing of the judges. Mine, Kris’s, Kevin’s, Jody’s, Eric’s, Dave’s, Larry’s, Robert’s (both Sawyer and Silverburg) and so on. Asimov’s magazine, Pulphouse magazine are both great places to study every month. Asimov’s for top science fiction, Pulphouse for top fiction that takes risks and pushes edges. Why those two? The editors. Sheila worked and learned from Gardner for a decade before taking over. I work with Kris. Kris and Gardner, the two best editors to ever be in the field. Sheila and I are pretty good as well. (grin)

  • Mihnea+Manduteanu

    Ah Dean, man, why did you have to run a freebie on the Thunder Mountain novel just this week. I was so close to going on the podium 🙂
    I am curently number 4 on the time travel best seller list and you get the number 1.

  • Alexander

    Not seeing the link to the recommended classes on teachable. I scrolled through the pages and didn’t see where the Recommended Classes were.

    • dwsmith

      Killed it because only one person was interested and it took me almost two hours each week to launch it, so we killed the entire idea. Sorry.

      But going to have the interviews with Kris on the Starter Kit up on Friday. Ten of them, fun. And then the new Quick Solutions classes appearing one or so per day.