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Workshops Might Be Moving to Teachable

I Think I Figured It Out…

I needed a second person to look at the Teachable stuff, so Josh (my managing editor of Pulphouse) and I dug into the instructions and with some side-tracks, I think we figured out how the regular monthly workshops, the ones listed below, will work there.

And I think I can make the switch with the November workshops.

Once the switch is done, we can get away from all the password silliness and you can keep going back to the workshops for as long as you want. That is the plan anyway.

So here we go. If the switch isn’t going to work quickly, then the workshops can stay in their regular spot for another month, no issue. Those signed up for the November workshops will get a letter on Saturday.

You can look at all the lectures and classic workshops we already have on Teachable now at:

If you have workshop credits from the Pulphouse Kickstarter and want to use them in November, just write me now. The surveys will go out on Thursday and Friday.


There are nine different classic workshops now available on Teachable. They are:

Writing Series
Writing Suspense
Character Voice
Ideas to Story
Genre Structure
Plotting with Depth
Writing Science Fiction (new up today)

Those you can sign up for on Teachable at any point and take them at your own speed and go back to them at any time. All are six weeks worth of videos, plus assignments you do for yourself. Price of the Classic Workshops is $150.


All have openings at the moment. Information at

Yes, even the new Novel Structure workshop has openings. And those of you with Kickstarter credits can take a November workshop if you want. We will be sending out the surveys as soon as Kickstarter releases everything to us. Any day now.

Class #49… Nov 7th … Depth #3: Research
Class #50… Nov 7th … Author Voice
Class #51… Nov 7th … Business
Class #52… Nov 7th … Writing into the Dark
Class #53… Nov 7th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #54… Nov 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #55… Nov 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #56… Nov 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #57… Nov 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #58… Nov 8th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #59… Nov 8th … Novel Structure
Class #60… Nov 8th … Writing Fantasy

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  • Vera Soroka

    I was thinking of the depth ones. So depth in writing is number one and number two-plotting with depth is now in the classics? That was the order you suggested taking them in?

    • dwsmith

      Yes, Depth in Writing is sort of a foundation course. From there you can go different directions. I actually think the Teams workshop is one near the top and I will be redoing the order shortly.

  • James


    I’ve take a number of courses over the past two years. If all the courses go over to teachable with lifetime access, will people who took the courses earlier get access to the videos of the ones they took in the past? It would be nice to be able to have a refresher on some of the old courses.

    • dwsmith

      Yes, but give me a month or two to get them all there. But after that access will be open to anyone who has taken a workshop. But give me until the first of the year to get it all moved.

      • J.M. Ney-Grimm

        Oh! That’s wonderful news! I took extensive notes during all the workshops I signed up for, but I’m certain there were things I missed, things that just went over my head because of where I was in the stages of writing. I’d love to be able to re-watch those videos.

  • Mark Kuhn

    Dean, keep those Classic workshops coming! Ideas into Story is a treasure-trove of techniques and information. Anyone reading this at whatever level they’re at should sign up for this one.

  • Edward M. Grant

    One thing I’ve noticed about your videos on Teachable is that, when I listen to them with headphones, the sound only seems to come out on one side. I didn’t have that problem with the workshops I’ve taken on the existing site.

    Has anyone else mentioned that? I’m using Chrome on Linux, so it may just be an oddity of that browser.

    Not a big deal, but it’s a bit distracting.

      • Gnondpom

        I don’t think it’s a problem with Teachable: it is exactly the same for me both in Teachable and with a recent regular workshop (Writing into the Dark). On the other hand, older workshops (before the Strengths ones) and lectures are fine even on Teachable.

        I do think that the problem started when you changed your mic (was it around the beginning of 2017?). I don’t know if it’s something about the settings of the mic, or iMovie, or anything else, but I don’t think it’s about Teachable.

        And I have the same problem both with headphones and the normal speakers of my computer, except that it is more obvious with the headphones.

  • Gary Speer

    I haven’t been following your blog as frequently as I used to, but dropped in today to read a few recent posts. I just found this post about transferring workshops and lectures to Teachable. I clicked the link to get there and discovered that the handful of lectures you’ve moved there are all ones I purchased.

    What I haven’t found yet is how I go about accessing those already purchased lectures in Teachable. Perhaps I’ll find something that explains it all. If not, please put up information about accessing purchased lectures. Thanks.

    • dwsmith

      Gary, great seeing you again.

      To get on the lectures and workshops you have taken, just write me with a list of them and I will send you the codes and instructions how to get in on Teachable. No place on the site that shows how or where I can explain how. So just write me at