WDS Academies Now Live: Join Us in Portland This Summer, Even if You Haven’t Registered for WDS


Link: WDS 2015 Academy Schedule (Registration Open)

Hey everyone,

If you’re joining us in Portland for WDS this summer—or even if you haven’t planned to—you can now sign up for your choice of eleven Academies, which are half-day workshops on specific topics, taught by some of our most popular alumni speakers.

Check out this video for what it’s all about —>

This Year’s Academies

For the 2015 sessions, we’re bringing back some crowd favorites, especially Jonathan Fields and Pam Slim, who have attended and presented for all five years (THANK YOU, Jonathan and Pam!).

We’ve also had David Fugate (my literary agent) and Benny Lewis with us for all five years, and they’re teaching Academies as well: one on How to Get Your Book Published and the other on How to Learn Any Language.

Not to be outdone, there’s also a bunch of other popular speakers, including Dee Williams (who lives in a tiny house) and Jadah Sellner, who co-founded Simple Green Smoothies.

This year we’re adding some fun topical sessions as well, including a workshop on Tarot reading, a Location Rebel Academy from team member Sean Ogle, and a “People Skills for Business” session by Vanessa Van Edwards.

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How It Works

Registration for Academies is separate from WDS itself, and we offer registration both to WDS attendees as well as to the general public (for a slightly higher registration fee). Because they are hosted at different venues around Portland, please note that there is a separate registration process for each Academy you would like to attend.

There is no limit on how many Academies you can register for. Academy tickets are capacity controlled and offered on a first-come first-served basis. Once an Academy session sells out, we will not be issuing extra tickets, and all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


WDS draws thousands of people and is now completely sold out. These smaller sessions are a way to engage with small groups. Our team will be dropping by most of the sessions—sign up and join us!


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