This schedule applies ONLY to online workshops. The schedule for the workshops held here at the coast is under the page tag “Workshops” above. The big difference is that the coast workshops are invite only. The online workshops in this post are for anyone who would like to learn.
If you have questions, contact me.
TO SIGN UP, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
LIMIT OF ABOUT 12 WRITERS PER WORKSHOP. (Less than three and the workshop will be cancelled and those paid will either be refunded or pushed back to a later workshop. Writers choice.) This limit of twelve writers allows the instructor(s) to give each writer more personal attention.
Structure of every workshop:
— Each week for six weeks video lectures will be available for the writer to listen and watch in their own time. (Video lectures will be about 10 or so minutes long each and there will be about six or so of them per week depending on topic.)
— Each week will include an assignment which will need to be sent as an attached file within five days. We will work personally with each writer or book designer, and send the assignments back to each person before the end of the week. (The assignments are not mandatory, but suggested to get the most out of each workshop.)
— Then each week we will record a short (5 minutes or so) video talking in general (never giving names) about the assignment for everyone in the class 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, the new weekly video session will be released every Monday.
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. The website will have FAQ and comments sections for discussions and other areas of interest for each workshop. About one week before each workshop I will contact each writer signed up and get them a password to the class location.
NO REFUNDS. However, your money can be moved to a different workshop down the road if you have schedule problems.
My e-mail address for these workshops is email@example.com. Please put only WORKSHOPS in the subject line. Or if I do not respond, e-mail me at my address of firstname.lastname@example.org. I try to respond fairly quickly, meaning within the same day.
Two New Workshops starting in August and September!!!!!
(new) PROMOTION (Making More Money On Your Writing)
For indie writers and traditional writers alike, this workshop teaches you the sane ways to promote your work and remain a writer at the same time. Just as the Pitches and Blurb Workshop teaches you how to write sales copy for backs of books and blurbs and so much more, this workshop will teach you how to write promotion copy, where to use it, how to design flyers and cards that bookstores will look at, and how to get your promotion material to bookstores and your customers. This workshop will help you get inside the American Booksellers Association and use their powerful sales tools. Yes, there will be work on web sites, linking, tags, and so much more that are the basics of your modern promotion. But this workshop, in six weeks will make you feel confident in how to spend your precious time and promotion budget to make it work for you.
(new) PACING YOUR STORY (Keeping Your Story Moving)
Ever wonder how a writer makes you stay up all night reading? And sometimes when the story doesn’t really hold you? This workshop teaches you the tricks and skills that will keep your story moving at the pace you want it to move. From slow family scenes to fast action scenes, you will gain the control of the reader that you always wondered about. This will cover a vast amount of information and writing techniques. From short stories to novels and series novels, this class covers everything you will need to know about how to keep a story moving and the readers turning pages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HOW TO PLOT YOUR NOVEL
Everything you might think you need and a ton more about how to plot a novel, from idea to finished plot. Includes such topics as plot threads, viewpoints, pacing, and a ton more. This will take you from an idea to a full novel outline and teach you how to do it any time you want without fear.
How to make the worlds in your fiction seem real, including how to build science fiction worlds, mystery worlds, fantasy worlds and so much more. And how to present the worlds in a way that readers can follow them without huge information dumps. Hundreds of tricks and details about how to put a world together and make it real in any genre.
We also have two design workshops taught by Dean Wesley Smith and Allyson Longueira, a professional book designer with a master’s degree in design.
BOOK COVER DESIGN
Everything you need to know about book cover design, from basic layout to fonts and which fonts work together. This will include how to design covers for both electronic and print books, including spines and back covers. Make your books look professional.
INTERIOR BOOK DESIGN
Everything you need to know about designing an interior of a book from basic front page layout to fonts and which fonts work together and which fonts are good for reading. You will learn margins, leading, running headers, masters for page counts, and so much more. This class is for the interior of print books. Make your books look professional.
Each workshop is 6 weeks long and is limited to around twelve people. (Again, it will take you about four hours per week to do each of these.) These are the starting dates of upcoming workshops. All have openings at the moment.
Class #22… July 8th … World Building
Class #23… July 9th … Plot Your Novel
Class #24… July 10th … Designing Book Covers
Class #25… July 11th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #26… July 12th … Essentials
Class E-1… August 5th… Promotion
Class #27… August 5th … Ideas to Story
Class E-2… August 6th… Promotion
Class #28… August 6th … Openings
Class #29… August 7th … Genre Structure
Class #30… August 8th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #31… August 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #32… Sept 2nd … Essentials
Class #33… Sept 3rd … Plot Your Novel
Class #34… Sept 4th … World Building
Class #35… Sept 4th … Pacing
Class #36… Sept 5th … Designing Book Covers
Class #37… Sept 6th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #1… Oct 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #2… Oct 8th … Promotion
Class #3… Oct 9th … Genre Structure
Class #4… Oct 10th … Openings
Class #5… Oct 10th … Cliffhangers
Class #6… Oct 11th … Pacing Your Stories
Class #7… Nov 4th … Essentials
Class #8… Nov 4th … Ideas to Story
Class #9… Nov 5th … Plot Your Novel
Class #10… Nov 6th … Designing Book Covers
Class #11… Nov 7th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #12… Nov 8th … Promotions
Class #13… Dec 2nd … World Building
Class #14… Dec 3rd … Pacing Your Stories
Class #15… Dec 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #16… Dec 5th … Genre Structure
Class #17… Dec 5th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #18… Dec 6th … Promotions
HOW TO SIGN UP
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. We had a number of people do that and they seemed to do fine. In fact, we had one great writer who did five at one time, but I would not suggest that. (grin))
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. (That has seldom happened in the last seven months, so no real worries about that.)
1. Send answers to: email@example.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@deanwesleysmith.com. Checks should be made out to WMG Publishing and please put the workshop number and workshop name on the check.
I hope you can join one of the workshops.