Coast Workshops

Workshops listed below are for 2016 and early 2017.

A few pieces of history and information on the workshops here.

First off, the workshops are held in Lincoln City, OR, right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Lincoln City is a long ways from anywhere, so the writers coming to these workshops are driven to learn and that’s the kind of writer we are looking to invite. (For example, this last July in workshops we had a writer from Tokyo and another from Great Britain and another from Germany. At the same time there were four writers from Canada and a number from the east coast of this country.)

My point is that very, very few people are within driving distance of these workshops.

Second, these are professional-level workshops. We do not teach beginners here at the coast, although we do offer online workshops for those just starting their careers. Here at the coast we want to work with the writers who have gotten through their first million words, who maybe or maybe not have published some stories or books, and who are focusing on becoming a full-time fiction writer at some point in the future. Many of the writers attending have been full-time nonfiction writers and want to move to fiction. Many are writers driven who have started to sell. Many are well-published writers.

If interested, it never hurts to write me and see if you can get in. You might surprise yourself at where you really are on the road.

By the way, I use the term “workshop” to describe these events, but there are no critiques other than by the instructors. Writers attending will be reading the work of the others attending, but not critiquing anything. Kris and I do not believe in peer critiques and they do not happen here at all anymore. We work to help you get better. We are not here to tear anyone apart.

As you may have already gathered, these are invite-only workshops. Write me at dean@deanwesleysmith.com if you are interested. Or if you know someone who might be interested, send them to the workshop page here on this site for information.

The costs are the workshop fee, plus you pay for your own room and board when you arrive. A deposit or full payment is needed to hold your spot. Payment one month ahead of the workshop in full is required. (All money paid ahead is refundable for any reason if you can’t make it.)

All workshops are 8 days long. All of these workshops are limited attendance in one fashion or another. And honestly, the great networking and discussions that go on around these workshops and after the workshop each day is often worth the costs alone.

Some of these workshops are intense craft workshops such as the Science Fiction or Historical/Time Travel/Alternate World workshop. You will be writing a lot during those workshops. Some workshops such as the Publishing Master Class are business and information workshops and you will take a notebook full of notes. Ask either by e-mail or in the comments if you are serious about any workshop and want more information.

Remember! We are doing online workshops as well.  Look under the Online Workshop tab for more information. Those will be limited to twelve and are NOT invite-only. Just sign up. First-come, first-served.

 

2016 Coast Workshop Schedule

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September 17th- 25th, 2016

How to Write Historical, Time Travel, and Alternate History stories in all forms 

Taught by Hugo Award winning writer and editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch 

This will be an intense writing workshop on all the varied techniques that go into writing in the historical and time travel and alternate universe subgenres. It will also have a reading list ahead of the workshop.

This workshop will teach you all the craft elements in writing these types of stories.

Workshop fee is $650.00. Room rate is $50 per night.

This workshop is strictly limited to 16 writers. First signed up and paid, first in.

This workshop starts at 7PM on the first Saturday and goes late on the second Saturday, with check-out and travel home on Sunday.

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October 15th- October 23rd, 2016  

MASTER CLASS 

Led by professional writers and editors Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, and Allyson Longueira, this workshop will have many guest instructors on various topics critical to writers in this modern world. (Guest instructors to be announced over the spring and summer.)

This is a business workshop. No writing, but a notebook full of notes and a lot of training. In fact, every topic a writer can imagine needing to be covered will be in this week at one point or another by experts. From cash flow to increasing sales to SEO to website design to cover and interior book design to blurbs to publisher catalogs to distribution of paper books to stores to production to learning how to write more to audio to overseas sales to contracts to bundles to… So much more.

This workshop will have a focus on selling more books, indie publishing, the business of indie and traditional publishing, and everything that has changed and progressed since the last master class.

Also, how to work and function as a hybrid writer and how to use both worlds to increase your sales in both worlds of indie and traditional publishing.

As happens in the Anthology workshop, there will be a focus on networking between all the writers attending. Lunches with experts, group breakfasts, time to talk, small group breakout sessions at times, and so on.

This will be over a year since the last Advanced Master Class and many, many things will have changed and improved. To answer the question clearly some of you have right here:

If you attended the last Advanced Master Class, YES this will be worth coming for because it will contain so much more and so much has changed.

Every master class has been different and this will be yet again another different workshop focused on the new world of publishing.

This will be a real event workshop.

Workshop fee is $650.00. This workshop is strictly limited to 45 writers. First signed up and paid, first in.

First 22 paid will be confirmed in the Anchor hotel. 

This workshop starts at 7PM on the first Saturday and goes late on the second Saturday, with check-out and travel home on Sunday.

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February 25th- March 5th, 2017

ANTHOLOGY WORKSHOP

Taught by professional writers and editors Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Dean Wesley Smith plus five other editors to be announced after this coming anthology workshop.

You will write stories ahead for anthologies for this workshop. Very intense and a ton of fun. And wow will the networking with other professional writers be fantastic in this workshop.

You will also be able to have lunches with one of the editors and three other attending writers. As well as other special guests.

So, if you haven’t had seven professional editors argue over your stories in front of you, you haven’t lived.

And as happened in February of this year, all seven editors will be buying during the workshop for anthologies.

Workshop fee is $650.00. This workshop is strictly limited to 45 writers. First signed up and paid, first in. The last two years this workshop has filled!! So don’t delay on this one.

First 22 paid will be in the Anchor hotel.

This workshop starts at 7PM on the first Saturday and goes late on the second Saturday, with check-out and travel home on Sunday.

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April 15th- April 23rd, 2017

How to Write Science Fiction in All Forms 

Taught by Hugo Award winning writer and editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

This will be an intense writing workshop on all the varied techniques that go into writing in the science fiction genre. It will also have a reading list ahead of the workshop.

This workshop will teach you all the craft elements in writing science fiction of all types.

Workshop fee is $650.00 and room rate is $50.00 per night.

This workshop is strictly limited to 16 writers. First signed up and paid, first in.

This workshop starts at 7PM on the first Saturday and goes late on the second Saturday, with check-out and travel home on Sunday.

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And don’t forget, we are now doing Online workshops. Check those out under the Online Workshops tab at the top of the page.

7 Comments

  1. Ron Mueller Ron Mueller
    July 29, 2015    

    Dean, I am interested in attending the PUBLISHING MASTER CLASS in October.

    This will really be meaningful this year. I am in full swing in getting my writing on line and organized. I have been scrutinizing both yours and Kris’s web sites for ideas as I put up a web site for Aroung the World Publishing.

    Is there still and opening and how do I pay you?

    Ron

    • dwsmith dwsmith
      July 29, 2015    

      Ron, there is room, actually. I’ll e-mail you a bunch of data later tonight as well as how to pay.

      In fact, your timing is perfect since I am just starting up the group e-mail list for the workshop now.

  2. September 26, 2015    

    Dean, do you have an suggestions or recommendations for naming planets or nations on alien planets? Any dictionary tricks or anything like that you can share? In the alternative, if you know of a good reference work, that’ll do as well. Thanks in advance.

  3. Mary Kathan Mary Kathan
    January 1, 2016    

    Looking forward to the Class Announcements for 2016!

    SO Glad you are having the Mystery Class again.

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