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Workshop Sale’s Last Few Hours

I’m Writing This Sunday Afternoon…

Workshop half-price sale of everything on WMG Teachable is about over. It is supposed to end late tonight, but I had two people write me who said they were traveling and could I hold it open until they got back to their computers Monday morning early. I said yes, so I am telling everyone. So instead of ending tonight late it will go through noon Monday.

To get the half price on anything, simply hit purchase on what you want, then on the next page put in the code:


Then hit apply and you should have it half off. See yesterday’s post for the amount of classes there.

And even more amazing (showing the power of the Great Pandemic Escape combined with the Time of Great Forgetting), the 12 different August regular workshops only have 10 people signed up total. Going to be very easy for me and private lessons to a bunch of writers.

Also, those who got the special workshops from the Pulphouse Kickstarter, the letters will be going out this afternoon to get into them.

So a few hour extension on the sale deadline. Then all done for this month.


  • Heather Lyn

    I just played through the first video installments of tonight’s Attitude Classic Workshop purchase. The material was to the point, positive and pertinent. I feel like an eager kid, ready for 6:00 a.m., to write ‘Into the Dark’ of early morning, rewarding myself with the next day’s principle on video.
    I selected this particular workshop because Dean listed it on July 27th as his top recommended course to take, “for those who have trouble getting to the computer”. Oh yes.

    When young, I experienced success easily, too fast. I never adopted the practices or mindset of a working writer. I drowned. In twenty years, where adult fiction is concerned, I have grown stiff and swollen,secretly terrified and cynical about playing/creating.

    I’ve made many false re-starts, purchased lots of snake oil. Before I opened this first workshop, I worried I had done it again. Had I bought another bandaid and aspirin when I need an antidote, a touniquet and an on-call psychiatrist?

    No. The teaching Dean and Kristine offer is the real deal. It makes me feel supported, mentored, and scared all at the same time. If I do ‘not’ benefit hugely from it, it’s because I will have chosen to nest in my mess of rattlesnakes.

    For days, I have been sad that I could not utilize the sale to purchase more topics, or better deals. But as I got into the material of the class that I did purchase, a feeling of thankfulness, of gratitude for the gifts within this single workshop, just filled me with joy, tonight.

    So, In a surge of intuitive confidence I just sprang for what Dean called- and I know he is right- the “painful” Controling the Critical Voice Workshop, too. It is the second class on Dean’s ‘Get to the computer and get going’ list. It’s a scary one, because it’s a needed one here. Definately gonna trigger sad and mad, shame- but I am ready to face and name my rattlers- I want the real truth, I want to be free.

    I am grateful for the combination of what I just purchased. For the assignments and oppourtunities within each class. For its availability to me, for the long haul.
    It is material that I feel will truly make a difference- help me create systems, develop habits, change my thought patterns, sustain hope.

    • dwsmith

      Heather, I sure hope as well that it does that. Thank you for the kind words, but all we do is put out the information. As you said, it is your choice what you use and don’t use and that is how it should be. Every writer is different on this road, but we are on the same road. That’s where we try to help some. Now the key is don’t be afraid to write me and ask me questions as you go through any workshop. I am here to help those who want the help.

      And more importantly, keep the writing fun.

    • Nathan Haines

      What I love about these workshops is that they mainly offer practical, workaday advice that is never sensational (even when it’s “revolutionary” compared to the usual writing myths). It’s just calm, confident, and relevant. And then occasionally Dean will just mention something off-hand that makes you sit up because a bunch of ideas just tied together, lol.

      I do have to say that while I try to respect Dean’s time, I do write him a couple times a year to ask something stupid (“What’s the right way to sign a book for someone?” comes to mind) and I’ve always gotten a prompt and kind answer. That kid of sharing of knowledge is something I’m familiar with from the Free and Open Source software world in computers, and it’s inspirational to have the same mindset among writers. I try to pay that forward in both realms as much as possible.

      (Oh, to save Dean more emails: sign your name on the title page, use your full author name, do not your legal signature, and date it if you’re signing in front of them but don’t date it if you’re signing it elsewhere and giving it to them later. I was rather pleased with myself that I had already created an “author signature” for this. “Crossing out the printed author name” on the title page or whatever is something weird that shows up in online searches but he’s never heard of that before.)

      • dwsmith

        All the new authors at Writers of the Future are all sitting at tables about ready to sign piles and piles of books with their story in it, and for two years now I have to go around and tell them to not sign their legal signature. Some just looked shocked, never dawned on them. Such fun.

        Thanks, Nathan. And you know I don’t mind questions. (grin)