Welcome to WMG Publishing Online Workshops

Welcome.  And very glad you could join us.

If you have any issues at all, please write Dean (at) deanwesleysmith (dot) com. We want to make this learning experience the best we can for everyone.

To Get Started

— If you are signed up and are here to just get started with the workshop, click on the workshop title you have signed up for, either under the tab above or on the right side in the sidebar. Then put in your main page password. Caution to not click on a certain week the first time. Then go from there.

Any problems, e-mail Dean.

Again, welcome to WMG Publishing Online Workshops.

REGULAR WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Each regular workshop is 6 weeks long and is limited to 5 writers. (Classic workshops are unlimited.)

Again, it will take you about four hours per week to do each of these. These are the starting dates of upcoming regular workshops. All have openings at the moment.

Class #31… Oct 4th … The Business of Writing
Class #32… Oct 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… Oct 4th … Writing Mysteries
Class #34… Oct 4th … Speed
Class #35… Oct 4th … Teams in Fiction
Class #36… Oct 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Oct 5th … Point of View
Class #38… Oct 5th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #39… Oct 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #40… Oct 5th … Advanced Depth

Class #41… Nov 1st … Author Voice
Class #42… Nov 1st … Point of View
Class #43… Nov 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… Nov 1st … Ideas
Class #45… Nov 1st … Character Development
Class #46… Nov 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… Nov 2nd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… Nov 2nd … Cliffhangers
Class #49… Nov 2nd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… Nov 2nd …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Class #51… Dec 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… Dec 6th … Point of View
Class #53… Dec 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #54… Dec 6th … Speed
Class #55… Dec 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… Dec 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… Dec 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… Dec 7th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #59… Dec 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… Dec 7th … Advanced Depth

Class #1… Jan 3rd … Author Voice
Class #2… Jan 3rd … Writing Thrillers
Class #3… Jan 3rd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… Jan 3rd … Ideas
Class #5… Jan 3rd … Character Development
Class #6… Jan 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… Jan 4th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… Jan 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… Jan 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… Jan 4th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Class #11… Feb 7th … The Business of Writing
Class #12… Feb 7th … Point of View
Class #13… Feb 7th … Writing Mysteries
Class #14… Feb 7th … Speed
Class #15… Feb 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #16… Feb 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 8th … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Feb 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #19… Feb 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Feb 8th … Advanced Depth

CLASSIC WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

No dates, since you can sign up for these at any point and go through them as slow or as fast as you would like. And as often as you would like.

Science Fiction… Classic
Writing in Series… Classic
Productivity… Classic
Making a Living with Your Writing… Classic
Genre Structure… Classic

 

Workshop Curriculum 9/19/2016

I’m going to divide these down into areas of study.

And the numbers are my suggestions on the order to take these workshops because many of them build on others.

FOUNDATION COURSES

1… Depth
2… Advanced Depth (Depth required)
3… Plotting with Depth (Depth required)
4… Teams (Depth suggested to help)
5… Advanced Character and Dialog
6… Point of View (Depth suggested)
7… Author Voice (Depth suggested strongly, as well as Advanced Depth)
8… Pacing
9… Cliffhanger

These nine workshops will jump you so far ahead in your writing skills, you won’t be able to see it, but your friends and readers will. And I know, interesting that Teams workshop is the 4th most important, but trust me, it is a foundation course and important.

Don’t worry about the Advanced Character title in the Dialog workshop. It was just a name that got stuck on it to help people understand it.

And yes, we have not yet done any workshop on Endings. We will, but not until 2017.

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CRAFT FOCUSED COURSES (Depth suggested for all of them except Ideas)

… Character Voice
… Adding Suspense
… Ideas
… Character Development
… Writing in Series (classic workshop)

No order on these. But don’t take them ahead of the three depth foundation workshops except for the Ideas workshop. If you are having problems getting past finding ideas for your work, that workshop can be taken at any point.

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BUSINESS FOCUSED COURSES

Don’t even think of starting into these workshops without first getting Lecture #1 Heinlein’s Rules. Or read my blog posts or get my book. Also, you might want to do Lecture #12… Stages of a Fiction Writer.

1… Sales
2… Business
3… Speed (Depth workshop suggested)
4… Productivity (classic workshop)
5… Making a Living (classic workshop)

The order above is my suggested order. After finishing these, you might want to do lectures. Almost all lectures are focused on one aspect or another of business, from pen names to investments to writer’s block and so on. This area we put most of the attention into the lectures.

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GENRE FOCUSED COURSES

… Mystery
… Thrillers
… Science Fiction (classic workshop)
… Short Stories
… Genre Structure (classic workshop)

The mystery workshop in this area can be used in most genres. Might want to take it even though you have no thoughts of being a mystery writer. Genre structure will help you figure out where to tag and list your books when putting them out for sale.

Feel free to write me with any questions on any of the workshops.