As promised, here are the new online workshops we are doing. This schedule applies ONLY to online workshops for the next year. (October 2012 to July 2013) I will post the schedule for the coast workshops here shortly. The big difference is that the coast workshops are invite only. The online workshops in this post are for anyone at all levels who would like to learn.
We have set up a schedule for the online workshops that they all repeat over the winter and into next spring to help on scheduling as well. So if one time is trough, or money is tight, the workshops will repeat (see full schedule below).
STRICT LIMIT OF 10 WRITERS PER WORKSHOP. (Less than three and the workshop will be cancelled and those who have paid will either be refunded or pushed back to a later workshop. Writers choice.)
All online workshops for this first year will be taught by me, Dean Wesley Smith. Next year we might alter that if this works.
Structure of every workshop:
— Each week for six weeks a video lecture will be available for the writer to listen and watch in their own time. (Video lecture will be about 1.5 to 2 hours long)
— Each lecture will include homework assignments which will need to be sent to me as an attached e-mail file within five days. I will read and mark on each assignment, working personally with each writer, and send the assignments back to each writer before the end of the week.
— Then each week I will record a short (30 minutes or so) video talking about the homework for everyone to watch. Then the following week’s assignment and lecture will be available.
— Each new video will be released on the same day of the week as the first one for six weeks. So if the workshop starts on Monday, a new weekly video will be released every Monday for the workshop. (We will be using Moodle as a teaching platform.)
Workshops are all SIX WEEKS LONG.
Cost of online workshops is $300.00 each. (Payment instructions below.)
The workshops will have a distinctive web site and Scott Carter is helping me set up Moodle on it for organization. The website will have FAQ and other areas of interest for each workshop. It should be up by the first of September. About one week before each workshop I will contact each student signed up and get them a password to the class location.
My e-mail address for these workshops is dean at wmgpublishingworkshops dot com. Please put only WORKSHOPS in the subject line.
Workshop descriptions. We have six online workshops this year that will rotate through the year.
How to keep a reader reading from chapter to chapter and from scene to scene. There are many ways besides the standard “hero hanging from a cliff” that the name of the technique is named after. In fact, there are six major cliffhangers and each week in this course will cover another way to keep your readers hooked into your stories. It will also cover how to speed up your stories and even understand when a scene or chapter should end. Understanding how to use the major cliffhanger techniques will jump your sales and keep readers coming back to your work. (offered 5 times during the year)
— PITCHES AND BLURBS
Maybe the most important workshop we do. This workshop will teach you how to write great ad copy for your stories and novels. Name value, then covers, then ad copy are the top three things readers look at before sampling your book. This course will teach you how to write ad copy for electronic sales, for cover letters to editors, for catalog copy to bookstores, and also back cover copy for your books. This skill that takes time to learn and this workshop will get you on the road to selling more books and stories. (offered 5 times during the year)
— GENRE STRUCTURE
Writers seldom know what genre they write in. Every wonder why your book isn’t selling well? Maybe it’s because you put your book on the wrong electronic shelf. Not only will this workshop teach you how to identify genres, but also will teach you the structure of all the major genres. That way if you decide to write a story or a novel in a certain genre, you will understand what you need to do. (offered 3 times during the year)
Readers, if they make it through your cover and your ad copy, they open your book and sample your story or novel. And if you don’t know how to open a story, no reader or editor will buy it. There are ways to write openings of stories that will grab the reader and this course will teach you that. Also, every time you start a new chapter or a new section, you must grab the reader and keep them reading with the opening. This course will teach you how to do that and work with you on the tricks and writing techniques of professional fiction writers. (offered 3 times during the year)
— ESSENTIALS OF A FICTION WRITING CAREER
This will cover all the basics of being a fiction writer, from how to make money, how indie publishing works in this new world for writers, and six craft exercises to get each person to a certain place in their writing career. The exercises will help each writer understand where they are strong and where they need work to sell more stories and books. Also, this will help writers understand the role of traditional publishing in this modern world as well as how to combine the two. If you ever wanted to be a professional fiction writer, this is the course that will show you how to get to that goal and what you need to work on. (offered 2 times during the year)
— FROM IDEA TO STORY
How to generate ideas for stories and then how to turn the ideas into solid stories. Professional writers never wait for the muse. We know how to take anything and make it into a story. This workshop will get you over all the fears of starting and give you an entire bag of tools and tricks to take almost nothing and turn it into a story that sells. From basic opening tricks to story structure, this will cover it all. And there is a lot to cover. (offered 2 times during the year)
Each workshop is 6 weeks long and is limited to ten people. These are the starting dates.
Class #1… October 1st, 2012… Monday… Cliffhangers
Class #2… October 2nd, 2012… Tuesday… Pitches and Blurbs
Class #3… October 3rd, 2012… Wednesday… Genre Structure
Class #4… October 4th, 2012… Thursday… Openings
Class #5… December 3rd, 2012… Monday… Cliffhangers
Class #6… December 4th, 2012… Tuesday… Pitches and Blurbs
Class #7… December 5th, 2012… Wednesday… Essentials
Class #8… December 6th, 2012… Thursday… From Idea to Story
Class #9… February 4th, 2013… Monday… Cliffhangers
Class #10… February 5th, 2013… Tuesday… Pitches and Blurbs
Class #11… February 6th, 2013… Wednesday… Genre Structure
Class #12… February 7th, 2013… Thursday… Openings
Class #13… April 1st, 2013… Monday… Cliffhangers
Class #14… April 2nd, 2013… Tuesday… Pitches and Blurbs
Class #15… April 3rd, 2013… Wednesday… Essentials
Class #16… April 4th, 2013… Thursday… From Idea to Story
Class #17… June 3rd, 2013… Monday… Cliffhangers
Class #18… June 4th, 2013… Tuesday… Pitches and Blurbs
Class #19… June 5th, 2013… Wednesday… Genre Structure
Class #20… June 6th, 2013… Thursday… Openings
HOW TO SIGN UP
For those familiar with signing up for workshops here at the coast, this is very, very different. And I can’t alter from this sign-up and payment schedule for anyone I’m afraid. So please don’t ask. These workshops are very, very limited.
Step One: In an e-mail or snail mail letter, answer the following questions. Please number each answer.
- Full Name
- e-mail address
Step Two: Also in the letter include the following:
1. Pick the workshop number and name of the workshop you are signing up for.
(You can sign up for more than one if you like, but caution…the workload might be too much to take two at the same time. Better to spread them out over the year. And you must pay for each workshop as you sign up. But no problem if you feel you can do more than one during a session.)
2. List an alternate workshop or date in case the workshop is full by the time you get signed up. I will e-mail you if that is the case to work out a solution or send a refun. Again, author’s choice.
1. Send answers to dean at wmgpublishingworkshops dot com with the subject header WORKSHOP only in the subject line. Or mail to WMG Publishing Online Workshops, PO Box 479 Lincoln City, OR 97367
2. Send full payment of $300 for each workshop. Payment can be sent by check to the above address or by PayPal to Dean at deanwesleysmith dot com. Checks should be made out to WMG Publishing Inc. and please put the workshop number and workshop name on the check.
You will not be considered signed up or enrolled in the workshop until I have the question answers, workshop of choice and alternative, and payment. There are only ten spots in each of these workshops, so it is first-come-first-served I’m afraid.
Again, each workshop will have video lectures and homework where I will be reading and working with each writer every week. To get the most from these workshops, plan to have at least four to five hours per workshop per week (two plus hours per week to watch the two videos, two hours for homework and e-mails with me.)
Note: I have also started a new page with a new tab at the top of the site for Online Workshops and have put these instructions there.