Structure of every regular 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 4 to 7 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 lectures 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 Tuesday, the new weekly video sessions will be released every Tuesday.

— Once you are signed up for a workshop, you can come back over the years to review at any point you want.


— The classic workshops used to be regular workshops, but you can sign up for them, and go through all the videos as fast as you would like. All six weeks are there. The homework assignments are still there, as well as some of the responses from a previous workshop, but you do not send in any assignments. You just do them for yourself. And you can come back over the years as often as you want without any extra costs.

Classic workshops and lectures are at:


Standard workshops are all SIX WEEKS LONG.

Classic workshops you can go through as slow or as fast as you want.


Cost of online workshops is $300.00 each. (Payment instructions either on Teachable or through Dean. Instructions below.)

Cost of Classic online workshops is $150.00 each. (Payment instructions when you buy the workshop on teachable.com.)


NO REFUNDS. However, your money can be moved to a different workshop down the road if you have schedule or health problems. We will work with you.

My e-mail address for these workshops is dean.wmgworkshops@gmail.com. Please put only WORKSHOPS in the subject line. Or if I do not respond, please try again. I try to respond fairly quickly, meaning within the same day.


We have put together a curriculum of the workshops. You can find it at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/workshop-curriculum/

We will be updating it with all the 2017 workshops we started shortly.


Sign up information at the bottom of the page!


Regular Workshop Schedule

Each regular workshop is 6 weeks long and is limited to only 5 writers.

Again, it will take you about three hours per week on your own pace to do each of these if you do the assignments. These are the starting dates of upcoming regular workshops.

All have openings at the moment. You can sign up as far ahead as you would like.


Class #13… Feb 6th … Think Like a Publisher
Class #14… Feb 6th … Endings
Class #15… Feb 6th … Point of View
Class #16… Feb 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Feb 6th … Speed
Class #18… Feb 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Feb 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Feb 7th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Feb 7th … Character Development
Class #22… Feb 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Feb 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Feb 7th … Novel Structure

Class #25… Mar 6th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Mar 6th … Author Voice
Class #27… Mar 6th … (tba)
Class #28… Mar 6th … Writing into the Dark
Class #29… Mar 6th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Mar 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Mar 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Mar 7th … (tba)
Class #33… Mar 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #34… Mar 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #35… Mar 7th … Novel Structure
Class #36… Mar 7th … Writing Fantasy

Class #37… Apr 3rd … Think Like a Publisher
Class #38… Apr 3rd … Endings
Class #39… Apr 3rd … Point of View
Class #40… Apr 3rd … Writing Mysteries
Class #41… Apr 3rd … Speed
Class #42… Apr 3rd … Teams in Fiction
Class #43… Apr 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #44… Apr 4th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #45… Apr 4th … Character Development
Class #46… Apr 4th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #47… Apr 4th … Advanced Depth
Class #48… Apr 4th … Novel Structure

(TBA) means To Be Announced. We will be doing new workshops through the winter.


A List of All Regular Monthly Workshops (no real order)

Depth in Writing (Start with this one. It is offered every month.)
Advanced Depth
Writing into the Dark
Teams in Fiction
Novel Structure
Author Voice
Dialogue (Advanced Character and Dialogue)
Writing Fantasy
Writing Mystery
Point of View
Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Research (Depth #3)
Writing Short Stories
How to Edit Your Own Work
Writing Sales Copy
The Business of Writing
Think Like a Publisher

A List of All Classic Workshops (no real order)

–Writing Thrillers
–Writing Series
–Adding Suspense
–Character Voice
–Ideas to Story
–Genre Structure
–Plotting with Depth
–Writing Science Fiction


Since all workshops are now on Teachable.com, there are two ways to sign up for a regular six-week workshop now.

The First Way…. Go to Teachable and find the workshop you would like and sign in.


The second way… Write me at dean.wmgworkshops@gmail.com with the following information.

  1. Full Name
  2. e-mail address
  3. Name of workshop…
  4. Then Pay for workshop through Paypal.

Regular workshops are $300.

For Classic workshops or lectures, just go to:


Sign up through the workshop or lecture of your choice.

Any questions on anything, feel free to write me with the subject line “Workshops.”


Workshop Curriculum 1/6/2018

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. (Three types of workshops are included. Regular, Classic, and Pop-up Weekender.)


1… Depth
2… Advanced Depth (Depth required)
3… Writing into the Dark (Depth suggested)
4… Teams (Depth suggested to help)
5… Research (Depth #3) (Depth required)
6… Secondary Plot Lines
7… Advanced Character and Dialogue
8… Point of View (Depth suggested)
9… Author Voice (Depth suggested strongly, as well as Advanced Depth)
10… Endings
11… Pacing
12… Cliffhanger
13… Plotting with Depth (offered Classic only) (Depth required)
14… Novel Structure

These fourteen 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.


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

… Adding Tension (Pop-Up Weekender workshop Only)
… Character Voice (classic workshop)
… Adding Suspense (classic workshop)
… Ideas (classic workshop)
… Character Development
… Expectations (offered Classic Only)
… Writing in Series (classic workshop)
… Writing Short Stories

No suggested order on these, but the order above would do.



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.

1… Controlling Fear of Failure (offered only as a Pop-up Weekender workshop)
2… How to Study and Practice in Fiction (A Study Plan) (offered only as a Pop-up Weekender workshop)
3… Speed (Depth workshop suggested)
4… Productivity (classic workshop)
5… Edit Your Own Work



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… The Indie Game (offered only as a Pop-up Weekender workshop)
4… Think Like a Publisher
5… Making a Living in 2018/19 (offered only as a Pop-up Weekender workshop)
6… Productivity (classic workshop)

The order above is my suggested order.



… Writing Mystery
… Writing Fantasy
… Writing Thrillers (classic workshop)
… Writing Science Fiction (classic workshop)
… 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.

3 Responses to Home

  1. Louis Wilberger says:

    I see myself as a late stag 1 to mid stage 2 writer. I have written 2 novels and 35 short stories I am interested in #28 short stories into Novels

  2. I took three of your courses several years ago. I see that InDesign has made some changes. Do you have updates to your “Creating an InDesign Template: Interior” and “Covers” documents that are available to a past registrant?

    • Dean says:

      Jean, afraid we don’t. We killed that workshop about a year ago because it became dated. Sorry about that.

      Best to your writing and publishing.


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