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Time of Great Forgetting Special Offer

Yes, We Are Smack In The Middle Of The Time Of Great Forgetting…

This time of the year, writers sort of forget about their writing with all the distractions of life, summer, vacations, graduations, and so on. All the wonderful writing goals set early in the year are just sort of pushed aside.

This Forgetting time period lasts from late April until late July. Then writers sort of wake up, try to get restarted, and wonder what happened to all the goals of the year. Very disheartening and it happens to many year-after-year. And it is very, very hard to restart at that point.

Since we have a bunch of new workshops starting in July and August (to be announced), and a great line-up of workshops in June, we thought we would try to help some in this time period.

Taking a workshop only takes a few hours a week and it will at least, with the assignment deadlines, help you stay focused on writing during the Time of Great Forgetting and maybe even get some writing done because you are staying focused.

So for for exactly one week, starting today, May 21st and ending late on Sunday, May 27th, we are offering the same workshop special deal we give in a Kickstarter.

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.


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.

And speaking of the Vegas workshops, we are about to end the special deal we were offering. A couple more days is all. Write me if interested. The deal is if you pay for four Vegas workshops (that you can take at any time over the next four years), you get a free Dean and Kris show or two free online workshops. ($600 value.) And yes, if you have already paid for one, it counts as one of the four.


Insider’s Guide Webinar workshops.

The second week and second webinar sessions for the Insider’s Guide workshops went well from my side, at least. Serial Fiction and Writing Detective Fiction. Both workshops will close tomorrow (Monday evening). You can get information on Teachable before I shut them off to new sign-ups.

Again, Lifetime Workshop subscribers will always be able to get to the videos, but after two more weeks the webinar part will be done. And no, they were not recorded, or will they ever be.


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 announced shortly as well.


  • Harvey

    This is a GREAT offer, folks.

    If you want to learn the craft of writing or hone your skills, there’s no better value anywhere than the WMG online workshops even at the regular prices.

    When I finish the two Classic workshops I just signed up for, I will have completed 14 WMG online workshops and 13 Lectures, and all of them have helped my understanding immensely. Just sayin’.

      • Harvey

        Nope, no payment other than all the stuff I’ve learned from you and your lectures and workshops. So far, every lecture and every workshop has been more than well worth the money.

        • Teri Babcock

          I have taken twenty-something courses now with Dean and Kris and the time it has shaved and will shave off my learning curve is, I’m guessing, measurable in years now. Stuff it wouldn’t have occurred to me to learn on my own. Stuff I would have banged my head against for a long time before I figured it out. Worth the money? Oh, hell yeah.

          A lot of their course work is simply not available in any form anywhere else. Just try finding another course, online or in-person, that truly defines Genre and gives you tools. Try finding a course on Suspense. Pacing? Ha. Try even to find a course that walks you through how to truly achieve Depth.
          All critical tools for career writers.

          • dwsmith

            Thanks, Teri. And it’s been great having you in the classes. And remember, Kris and I learn a ton from you and others as well, not counting trying to figure out how to teach this stuff. (grin)

            Someone asked me a week or so what I thought the governing statement for all these workshops was. Basically it is “We teach what we wish someone would have taught us. And what interests us.”

    • Kenny

      The only problem is that by taking these workshops you’ll start to out distance most of your ‘writer’ friends. Also when you read books you once enjoyed (and still do to a degree) you’ll realise that they’re Stage 3 Writers and not Stage 4 (Stages of a Fiction Writer Lecture–go get it) so you don’t enjoy them as much*.

      *Happening to me right now… Damn you Dean and Kris 🙂

      • Céline Malgen

        But you can also discover new writers you didn’t know, and you can enjoy their writing as well. And sometimes seeing the ropes when reading is enjoyable too, because you finally understand why this passage was so satisfying for you. Reading becomes different, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not enjoyable anymore!

        And I would second Harvey’s comment, this offer is amazing value for money, for workshops that are already well worth the regular price. If you want to progress, that is. If you just want a pat on the head, that’s probably not the best place to go, but for straightforward teaching by honest instructors, who will actually help you improve your writing, that’s where you want to go.

          • Amy Laurens

            Chiming in with further agreement. I’ve taken ~18 workshops since October last year, give or take, and oh my WORD, I can *feel* the years all this learning is shaving off my apprenticeship. Backing the Pulphouse Kickstarter last year on a whim (because I’d been following Kris’s blog for a while and enjoyed it) was the best decision I’ve ever made for my writing, period.

            I’ve loved all the workshops, but Depth, Teams and The Indie Game really blew my socks off.

            Thanks for the great work, Dean & Kris 🙂

          • Kenny

            Dean, you should know with charging into a rampaging herd of exploding cows…

            Pat on the heads are when– Nah, don’t think I’ll explain any further… 🙂

  • Jason M

    No forgetting here, Dean. The ship rolls ever onward.

    Question: You ever think that people put too much emphasis on yearly goals? Isn’t that kind of huge and intimidating? Isn’t it psychologically easier to set and reach daily goals instead? I don’t have yearly goals, but I aim for 3000 words per day, every day, a lot of weekends too. Now, I don’t usually reach that goal, but hey failing upwards works really well (as you’ve shown here). 2000 words a day adds up quick. Last year I hit roughly 500,000 to 600,000 words without realizing it.

    • dwsmith


      Actually, you set a yearly goal, then break it down into monthly goals and then down into daily goals. And focus on the daily goal. So yes, a ton easier to set daily goals. But the fuel for the fire tends to be the yearly goals. And the problem is that the moment a writer loses a few months to this time of the year, then they feel discouraged, critical voice takes over, and it takes months of pain to get restarted. I have known numbers of writers over the years who drop into this Time of Great Forgetting and then never start up again. Even though they say they want to. Critical voice won with them.

      This has gotten worse with indie publishing, actually, since we are self-motivated unlike having traditional publishing deadlines.

  • Kim Iverson

    Still going strong myself. About to finish one and start another in less than a week. Around 80K I’ll probably end. That’s usually when the story ends. Then I’ll hit the next the day after. That’ll be a 3rd in that series, and the 13th in that world. 🙂

    Following you and Kris has helped me quicken the writing. Lessen my concerns and just getting them stories out.

    I’m also trying to do similar to you and blog (almost) daily. I found my “thing” is just taking my love of psychology, sharing life inspiration, and talking about my stories and combining all that into a blog post. Using my characters and their trials as life inspiration and psycho-analyzing their lives and actions, haha.

      • Kim Iverson

        I can do that. And thank you for allowing me to. For my daily blog posts and the Universe I spoke of, they can find those here – 🙂 And today indeed, I finished that 2nd to last book in the world. Making a blog post for that right now. Tomorrow I will begin the next book. Super happy about that!