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Shared World Second Update

First Videos Going Up…

They will be there later today. Not there yet. But there are still a few openings, so here is the first post about the nine-month Shared Worlds class. And my introduction video at the bottom of this.

And for those of you in the class, I will email you to let you know every time I put up new videos so you don’t always have to be checking.


What Are They, How to Do Them, and Why…

This is a one-of-a-kind class. Not a workshop, not a lecture, not a study along.

For years now, Kris and I have tried to figure out how to teach shared worlds as a topic to writers to get the most benefit for writers. Both of us have written in so many shared worlds, we couldn’t begin to count. From the major shared worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars, to the more subtle shared worlds of say the WMG Holiday Spectacular that we are running through Kickstarter right now.

And everything in between.

There are thousands of reasons indie writers and publishers would want to set up one form or another of a shared world. And also learn the tricks, the goods and the bad of writing in other people’s shared worlds.

All major magazines are a from of shared worlds. Major indie publishers have set up shared worlds and have other writers writing for them. And so much more.

Shared worlds are only as limited as your imagination.

This will take nine months to cover everything in a way that will not get in the way of anyone’s writing or taking other workshops.

In nine months we will cover major areas like:

1… Types of shared worlds

2… World Building

3… Rights and IP Control

4… Contracts (with sample contracts that will be studied)

5… Value of sales to you and your business.

6… How to write in a shared world (including one that is part of this class.)

7… How to get others to write in your shared world.

So again, this will take nine months to complete…

Starts October 15th, 2019 and ends July 15th, 2020

This will have a ton of videos, some assignments with enough time to do them, and even story assignments where you could sell a story to an anthology for professional rates.

I WILL CUT SIGN-UPS OFF ON OCTOBER 31ST OR WHEN I REACH THE MAXIMUM NUMBER. (I will warn here if the maximum cut-off is getting close.)


— This is not a workshop, a Pop-Up, a lecture, or a Study Along. This is a one-of-a-kind event. 

— Sorry, no credits apply I’m afraid. And this will not be in any lifetime subscription either.

— And if you sign up, you can look at it all later if you want. Once you sign up, the information and learning and lessons will remain.

— There will be assignment due dates along the way. Those will have weeks notice ahead and the first assignment won’t be until November.

— You will also have a chance to write at least one, if not more stories for a shared world for professional publication rates.

Price for the class is $500 and again, I am sorry, but I can’t take any credits on this one.

In other words, this is an off-shoot of licensing, in case you hadn’t picked up on that. I will talk some about this in the licensing transition, just as a form of licensing, but nothing else there.

It’s going to take a full nine months to cover this topic, but I promise the learning will be amazing. And maybe make a lot of us a lot more money down the road.

Get this on Teachable.


Cave Creek is a shared world that I have created. It will be an example of a shared world all the way through this, and you may be able to even write stories for a Cave Creek anthology at different points.

Details so far… In short, Cave Creek is a small town up a valley outside of Las Vegas. It is a historical mining site, has a small downtown area, a golf course, and some major modern subdivisions. It also has old mines and a major system of caves in the small valley, plus a few small lakes fed by a stream. 

The above is the logo and the branding on Cave Creek. There will be many Cave Creek anthologies in the future. Romance, historical, mystery, and forms of science fiction and paranormal. All edited by me and paying professional rates.

So in this class you will learn how to develop your own shared world while learning from the development of Cave Creek. And maybe writing some stories for it as well.

Jump into the craziness of shared worlds and learn how to do them, how to write for them, how to do contracts for them, and how to make money from this form of licensing. This is limited, I have no idea if it will fill or not.

Here is the introduction to the new Shared World Class that has even more information:

Get this on Teachable.