September Online Workshops

SIGN-UPS FOR SEPTEMBER ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All of the September Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop button for description and sign-up.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do.

More information and how to sign up for a workshop is under the green button or under Online Workshops tab above.

All regular workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #21… Sept 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Sept 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #24… Sept 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Sept 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 8th … Making a Career
Class #28… Sept 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 9th … Advanced Depth

Two New Workshops Were Added in August… Making a Career with Your Fiction Writing and Character Development


CLASSIC WORKSHOPS

Classic means you can go through all six weeks quickly and no homework… same workshop as when it was given over six weeks. You can sign up and start at any point during the month. No waiting until the end of the month on Classic Workshops.

Assignments are still there each week for you to do on your own and responses from a previous workshop about the assignments are still there, but I do not read any assignments. And the price is half price. $150 for Classic. And you can return to it at any point into the future. Think of them as a very expanded lecture.

Each Classic Workshop has about 50 videos.

Offered as Classic Workshops are the following five:

Making a Living… Classic
Productivity… Classic
Discoverability… Classic
Writing in Series… Classic
Genre Structure… Classic

Descriptions of the workshops under the workshop tab below or Online workshop tab.

GENERAL PRICING
Lectures… $50.00 to $75.00
Classic Workshops… $150.00
Regular Workshops with feedback… $300.00

 

Travel Day

15 hours of driving. Silly. I combined two days of travel to get home in one. So I’ll be back tomorrow with normal stuff. And then the first of September I’m starting another writing challenge and Heinlein’s Rules chapters.

later…

Writer’s Conference: Final Day

I’m still in beautiful Logan, Utah, at least for a few more hours before heading home.

Wonderful conversations today and tonight and I managed to actually do a keynote speech without falling off the stage (always a victory).

So tomorrow night I will be home and back with the cats, barring unforeseen issues. It’s been a wonderful trip, with the great discussions with my friends in Boise and then fantastic learning discussions with innovative and very smart professional writers here.

I love this new world of writing.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Getting Out of the House

I know it is tempting to stay at home and just get all your information over a screen, but there is still no replacing getting out and listening and talking with other writers. The League of Utah Writers (who have been my wonderful hosts here) is just an example of the fantastic networking and community you can find all over the nation with writers.

But you have to go out of your house and hit a conference at times. And then only take in what sounds right for you because there is a lot of information at these things that might not be what you are looking for.

So thank you, Amanda and the rest of the League of Utah Writers on taking a chance on inviting me and my outspoken nature. I had a blast.

And thank you “Over the Water Gang” for letting me hang around with you. Great fun.

Now home with a bunch new knowledge and information.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 29

Writing in Public blog streak Day 759

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,300 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 658 e-mails. Approx. 23,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Writer’s Conference Day Two

I’m in Logan, Utah. And actually, today was only the first day of the conference, but it was my second day here in town.

Got checked in just fine and met everyone and then got directions to a local antique mall since I had a few hours open. Found a couple of nifty things and some great marbles.

Then did a two hour class on productivity and then had a wonderful couple hour conversation with some professional writers who were here. Then another panel.

Then out to dinner with four really nice professional writers for a great four hour dinner and conversation.

Now back in the room, stuffed with great food and tired, which is good since I have to be up tomorrow pretty close to the time I normally go to bed.

I think I have made the switch smartly by arriving early and so on, but tomorrow will be the test. (grin)

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New World

Nothing tonight because I’ve talked enough today.

So a cat picture Kris sent me of one of the two new cats. This guy I am calling, for the moment Duece.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 28

Writing in Public blog streak Day 758

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,000 words

— E-mail: 8 e-mails. Approx. 100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 648 e-mails. Approx. 23,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Writer’s Conference

I’m in Logan, Utah.

Yeah, I said that. (grin)  Logan, Utah, for a writer’s conference.

The League of Utah Writers 2015 Conference. Nice hotel, looks like a nice conference center, and so far things have been great. Easy trip, great conversation with friends in Boise.

So far, so good.

Now many of you might be asking why I would do this. Actually, I asked at first why anyone at a writer’s conference would invite me to give a keynote speech. (I actually asked them if they knew who I was. Not kidding.)

So tomorrow I give a two hour talk on productivity and quality. (Yeah, that will be fun.) And I am on a panel on publishing contracts. (Even more fun.)

Then on Saturday I do a two hour talk on Making a Living with Fiction (double the fun) and then another panel and then the keynote speech that night, if they haven’t chased me out of the building yet. (I promised them I will keep the speech short.)

E-mail and everything on workshops just goes on as normal since I have both a computer and my iPad here. And I will be home before the new week starts, so no issue on anything on assignments.

So anyone who can make it to this beautiful city of Logan, Utah, do come by the conference. I am sure it will be a few days many will not forget. (grin)

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New World

Here I am at a mainstream writer’s conference and I am known for being critical about a lot of different publishing things. Heck, just a couple nights ago I did a ten stupid things about the publishing business post.

But honestly, I am not critical or do I blame traditional publishers for having horrid contracts or not promoting or agents for taking advantage of writers. I don’t blame them in the slightest. This is a business, after all.

Who I blame, and always blame and try to educate, are the writers who sign the bad contracts, writers who go with agents without knowing them, writers who give away all rights for the life of a copyright, and so on and so on.

Without poorly educated writers, traditional publishers would fail or change. Without poorly educated writers, agents would mostly no longer exist and the few that remained would be working with only old-timers for different reasons. Without poorly educated writers, scam vanity publishers would vanish overnight.

So I am here to try to help educate a few writers who are willing to listen. There will be many I will just make angry. (Yup, I know… Shock!)

But a few writers here will listen to a few things and maybe, just maybe, go on to have a writing career.

And for those few, I have made the drive.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 27

Writing in Public blog streak Day 757

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,800 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 640 e-mails. Approx. 23,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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New Bundle Just Went Live

I have my science fiction novel THE HIGH EDGE in a brand new bundle that just started a few hours ago at www.storybundle.com/disasters

The High Edge ebook cover rebrand 2015 web

This full novel is set in my Seeders Universe. And there is a reason it is in the “disasters” bundle because I tend to have a pretty high body count in this one. (grin) All disaster related, of course. No character kills anyone. (spoiler not)

So you can get my book to test out the Seeders Universe and you can get books by Bob Meyer, Brian Herbert and Bruce Taylor, David Sakmyster, Bill Ransom, Alan Rogers, Laura Ann Gilman, Brian Herbert and Jan Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, Chris Mandeville, and an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey with 22 stories in it.

That’s right, 11 books which include a bunch of short fiction. If you pay at least $15 or more, you get all eleven books. And you can donate a little to the Challenger Center in the process.

www.storybundle.com/disasters

And the women in science fiction bundle still has a few hours to go, but not many. You will be bummed you missed that one.

Not much to report other than the bundle tonight. Another very busy day with a lot of business talk.

And for some reason tonight I watched a couple episodes of The Shark Tank while eating some dinner. (Never watched it before.) I just kept laughing imagining writers standing up there in front of those people and trying to give a business plan. The thought just kept making me giggle. There are a few writers who could do it, but darned few.

I could just hear the question from one of the sharks…

Shark: Are you telling me that you are giving an untrained person you haven’t vetted 15% of all your money for a few hours work? And you are selling property for a few thousand dollars for the life of the property? What does this person do and how do you make a living or a profit?

Writer:  Uhh, I don’t make a living or a profit and the person takes care of me.

Shark: You are telling me that in your own business you have hired a person who you did not vet and are giving them 15% forever of all your property just to be a body man for you?

Writer: Uhh, they don’t do that kind of job.

Shark: What exactly does this person do then?

Writer: Make a few phone calls, read my manuscript, negotiate a contract for me.

Shark: So this person is an attorney?

Writer: Uh, no…

Sharks fall out of their chairs laughing.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New World

One again I flat didn’t have time to get to finishing the first chapter on the new book. Might need to wait until the middle of next week now to get started.

You all might have noticed that Kris has two books in a Storybundle that is just ending and I have one in a bundle that is just starting up.

www.storybundle.com

When Kris put together the Women in Science Fiction Bundle and when Kevin J. Anderson put together the Disasters Bundle, they both had to ignore all writers who were only traditionally published. The traditional publishing contracts would not allow the writers to participate in this wonderful way to get books to readers.

Nope: Traditional publishers want their writers to be exclusive with the book or novel. Just like Amazon does in its Kindle Unlimited program.

If your book is in the Kindle Unlimited Program, it can’t be in the bundle either.

But bundles really help readers find writers they were not familiar with.

One of the top ten things I said in that business post last night was a poke at how writers think exclusivity is a good thing.

Now I meant that toward all the people who swear by the religion of Kindle Unlimited.

However, in this modern world, writers do exactly the same stupidity as only having books in one bookstore by only having books in traditional publishing.

The indie world is here to stay and it is golden. And in a ton of blogs all over the place, people have gone back and forth on the benefits of either traditional and indie, or being a hybrid writer, which means doing both.

(But no book under contract to a big five or in Kindle Unlimited can be in a bundle.)

 

These bundles are an amazing way for readers to get a lot of quality books cheaply and find new professional writers in the process. That’s why I push them all the time.

Bundles in this fashion, with multi-authors in the bundles for a short time, is a totally new world. It did not and could not exist seven years ago.

But writers continue to shoot themselves in the foot by being exclusive, one way or the other. Just makes no sense to me to cut out supply to readers purposefully.

But Kindle Unlimited authors have their reasons and so do traditional-only authors. And they preach the reasons to anyone who will listen.

Neither make a lick of sense to me in this new world.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 26

Writing in Public blog streak Day 756

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,300 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 626 e-mails. Approx. 22,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Ten Stupid Writer Business Practices

Because I had a wonderful and long conversation today with a friend who has been a major business lawyer for forty years in the real world, I decided to do this post. The conversation with someone who understands real business was refreshing after spending most of my time around writers who actively ignore sane business practices.

So in no particular order, here are ten of the really head-shaking business practices writers do that would be laughed at in any real-world business setting.

1… Give 15% of a piece of property for the life of the property to a person who does a few chores. (I call it giving the gardner 15% of your house for mowing the lawn a few times.)

2… Let a non-licensed English-major negotiate a complex legal document with multi-national corporations.

3… Refusing to do a basic background check on a stranger you want handling your money, and then give them all the money and all the paperwork to go along with the money.

4… Think that selling your goods in only one store is a smart, long-term business practice.

5… Try something for a month and then claim for years it didn’t work. Or have something work and close your mind to all other ways of doing something.

6… Think that corporations in publishing have advantages that you do not have and then whine about it all the time even though all evidence shows we all play on the same level playing field. (Of course, that playing field requires knowledge and business sense to see, so this one is understandable for most writers who have neither publishing knowledge or business sense.)

7… Sell property for the life of the property for a few thousand dollars and then whine a few years later that the evil bad people won’t give you (for free) your property back even though you signed the contract selling that property and took their money.

8… Refuse to learn how to negotiate on anything. Or stand ground in a negotiation.

9… Refuse to learn what is really being created and what is really being licensed in contracts.

10… Refuse to learn just basic business and instead follow the “standard” publishing business practices you heard somewhere even though the “standard” publishing practices are forty years old and worthless in this modern world.

Wow, there are a bunch more. But for now, this is enough.

Cats but no chapter yet.

Kris got a number of great pictures of the two new cats. The one sitting up is the girl, the one behind her is the guy.

I think considering that they have only been in the house for a week, we might be making some progress.

We shall see over the next few months, but one of them stayed out of hiding and watched Kris work on her computer, so that’s pretty good.

And yes, they are red point Bermans just as my old buddy Walter was.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Business Conversation

I ended up getting busy today with some fantastic conversations on business, so ended up not getting as much done as I thought I might on Heinlein’s Rules book. But I did get the introduction and first chapter mostly done and part of the second chapter. Once I get two or three chapters ahead in the writing, I’ll start posting them.

One of the nice things about being an indie writer is that I am writing to my own deadline. I want to get projects done, but things are not critical and can change at a moment’s notice if needed.

So I’m not going to count the pages I did write today until I post them in the next day or so.

Note that this month doesn’t have a lot of words attached so far. About 66 thousand words counting everything, way under my normal total. Not bothered at all because next month will be large again. And July was large.

I’m looking at doing two novels in September. Stay tuned to see how that goes. (grin)

I want to mention the fantastic conversation I had today with a great friend. He’s been a major business attorney for forty years, and it was wonderful to talk with him in a sane manner, not at all like talking to writers who think giving away property for almost nothing is the thing to do.

We talked corporation structures, cash streams (and flows) in business, how growing businesses make the transition from early stages to successful and stable businesses. And so much more that is critical.

I am around writers so much, I love the sanity of regular business people. It’s like I have been drinking thick, muddy water and suddenly get a glass of clear, fresh water. Writers, for some reason beyond me, think that real world business practices do not apply to writing.

So just for fun, and because I had the sanity of real business conversations today, I have listed ten things off the top of my head that are really, really stupid business practices in publishing that would never be done in real world business.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 25

Writing in Public blog streak Day 755

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,500 words

— E-mail: 18 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 615 e-mails. Approx. 22,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Going to Start Heinlein’s Rules Tomorrow

Long day today of all sorts of running around and driving and finishing up more tasks than I could put on one piece of paper.

Then Kris managed to get a couple of great pictures of the two new cats and I can’t get them to load and she’s already in bed.

So tomorrow.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Starting a New Book Here

Tomorrow night, with luck, I’ll fire up the first chapter of a new nonfiction writing book about Heinlein’s Business Rules. I’ve been meaning to do that for some time and now that I have a ton of things done, it seems like a logical time to try to get that started.

So tomorrow maybe cat pictures and the start of a new book.

And remember, September is coming up quickly. Online workshops all have openings.  One spot left in the master class coast workshop in October.

It is turning out that the new Character Development workshop has three really, really interesting and difficult assignments. But from what I am seeing so far, it’s getting the information through to the writers. Still three weeks to go counting this week’s videos, but I’m happy so far. Hope those taking it are as well.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 24

Writing in Public blog streak Day 754

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words (adjusted I think)

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,700 words

— E-mail: 7 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 597 e-mails. Approx. 21,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Kris Won the Sidewise Award

Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History

As far as I am concerned, this is just too darned cool to not talk about.

A book my wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, wrote that is flat wonderful called THE ENEMY WITHIN won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History. One of my favorite books of hers and a stunning piece of work. It originated from a novella that got a lot of award attention as well.

In fact, the novella was the first story ever published in BOTH the Year’s Best Science Fiction and the Year’s Best Mystery.

Deserving attention.

The idea for the book is simple: What happens if J. Edgar Hoover was killed just a short time after President Kennedy was killed.  For those of you who know history, you know how much this would have changed everything.

A wonderful political novel of alternate history. And a great mystery.

You can learn about the Sidewise Award here.

You can find THE ENEMY WITHIN on any electronic store or in paperback.

Congratulations, Kris!!  Good work pays off.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: A Story Bundle Again

 

Speaking of the Sidewise Award, Kris also won that award once before for her stunning short novel RECOVERING APOLLO 8.  Well, guess what?  You can get it in the story bundle that will be vanishing in two days.

Again, for those of you who remember history, remember how tense we all were when Apollo 8 was going into orbit around the moon for the first time? Just flat scary. If the three astronauts missed in either direction, they would be lost in space forever. Kris’s wonderful book takes that idea of Apollo 8 missing that orbit insertion around the moon and sends us into a future we can only dream about now.

So if you are a fan of top alternate history, grab The Enemy Within and also the bundle before it vanishes. You’ll get Kris’s wonderful story and nine other books by some of the top women writers in science fiction today.

http://www.storybundle.com/scifi

Women in SF ad

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 23

Writing in Public blog streak Day 753

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 19,750 words

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,500 words

— E-mail: 49 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 590 e-mails. Approx. 20,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Just Taxes

Just Taxes

Just taxes. Three corporation’s taxes need to go to the accountant on Monday.

Brain dead with numbers.

2 a.m. I was still at WMG offices doing taxes. Now that’s just silly, but they will be done easily tomorrow. Now.

WORKSHOP REMINDER… still openings in all the September Online workshops.

(Just writing that took too much brain power. (grin))

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: A Story Bundle

Folks, figured since I am brain dead tonight, I could at least remind you all about the Women in Science Fiction Bundle that is about to vanish this week.

You won’t want to miss this one. Some fantastic reading. And yes, I have a short story in Stars edited by the wonderful singer Janis Ian. But that’s minor compared to all the great reading in this bundle.

So don’t delay.

http://www.storybundle.com/scifi

Women in SF ad

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak Day 752

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 19,750 words

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,200 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 541 e-mails. Approx. 18,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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ISSUES IN ORDER

Online Workshop Schedule

These are the starting dates of upcoming online workshops. Limited to twelve writers. All have openings unless I say closed below. For sign-up and more information about each workshop, click the Online Workshop tab at the top of the page.

Class #21… Sept 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Sept 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #24… Sept 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Sept 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 8th … Making a Career
Class #28… Sept 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 9th … Advanced Depth

Class #31… Oct 5th … Advanced Depth
Class #32… Oct 5th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… Oct 5th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #34… Oct 5th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… Oct 6th … Character Development
Class #36… Oct 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Oct 6th … Making a Career
Class #38… Oct 7th … Designing Covers
Class #39… Oct 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #40… Oct 7th … How to Write Science Fiction

Class #41… Nov 2nd … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #42… Nov 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… Nov 2nd … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #44… Nov 2nd … Character Voice/Setting
Class #45… Nov 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… Nov 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… Nov 3rd … Making a Career
Class #48… Nov 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… Nov 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… Nov 4th … Advanced Depth

Class #51… Dec 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #52… Dec 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… Dec 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #54… Dec 7th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… Dec 8th … Character Development
Class #56… Dec 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… Dec 8th … Making a Career
Class #58… Dec 9th … Designing Covers
Class #59… Dec 9th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… Dec 9th … How to Write Science Fiction
Sign-up and more information under Online Workshops tab at the top of the page.

Classic Workshops

You can sign up for these and start at any point. They are the regular workshops, only you don't send in the homework and you can take them as fast or as slow as you would like.

They are half the price of a regular six week workshop.

Classic Workshops offered.

Making a Living... Classic
Productivity... Classic
Discoverability... Classic
Writing in Series... Classic
Genre Structure... Classic

Lecture Series

More information on these lectures under the Lecture Series Tab above.

#1... Heinlein's Rules... Dean Wesley Smith 15 videos... $75.00

#2... Read Like a Writer... Kristine Kathryn Rusch... 8 videos... $50.00

#3... How to Write a Short Story: The Basics... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 7 videos... $50.00

#4... Writer's Block and Procrastination... Dean Wesley Smith... 8 videos... $50.00

#5... Carving Time Out for Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#6... How to Research for Fiction Writers... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 14 videos... $75.00

#7... Pen Names: Help With the Decision... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#8... Motivation: Starting Easier and Writing More... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#9... Practice: The Attitude and Methods of Practice in Fiction... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#10... Master Plot Formula: How and Why It Works Today... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#11... Prolific Lecture: How to Become a Prolific Fiction Writer... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#12... The Stages of a Fiction Writer: How to Know Where You Are In Learning and How To Move Upward... Dean Wesley Smith.... 11 videos... $50.00

#13... Starting Writing. Or Restarting Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#14... Endings: How to Write Them and Understand What Makes a Good Ending... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#15... Audio Narration Lecture... Jane Kennedy.... 9 audio lectures... $50.00

#16... Your Writing as an Investment Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#17... How to Get Your Books into Bookstores Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#18... How to Think Like a Science Fiction Writer Lecture... Kristine Kathryn Rusch....11 videos... $50.00

#19... Why Some Books Sell More Than Other Books... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#20... How to Write a Page Turning Novel or Story: Basics and Tricks ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#21... The Basics of Designing Science Fiction Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#22... The Basics of Designing Mystery, Cozy, or Thriller Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#23... Paying the Price: A Working Writer's Mindset ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#24... Writing into the Dark: The Tricks and Methods of Writing Without an Outline... Dean Wesley Smith... 12 videos... $50.00

#25... Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#26... Organization... Allyson Longueira... 8 videos... $50.00

#27... Confidence... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#28... Stories to Novels... Dean Wesley Smith... 9 videos... $50.00

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