Growing up in New Jersey, the official start of summer was Memorial Day. Even though school wasn’t out yet, by the end of May the weather had warmed enough that summer was very much on our minds. Those last couple weeks of school were tough.

But now that I live on the Oregon Coast, the official start of summer is July 4. That’s because it isn’t until July that we can be reasonably assured of decent weather. What a difference from the East Coast to the West…

And while summer might conjure up images of warm beaches and picnics and barbecues, it also makes me think of learning.

One of the reasons for that is some of my favorite college classes were summer classes. With condensed semesters and sunshiny days, I always loved taking classes in the summer. My favorites were microeconomics and a linguistics class called The Etymology of the English Language. Neither of these were directly related to my major, but I found each of them fascinating. I still reference lessons learned in those classes regularly.

These days, I teach summer classes myself. Right now, I’m teaching Introduction to Fiction Editing, where I guide aspiring editors to learn how to edit without destroying the writer’s voice. I have writers taking the class, too, so they can understand how to safeguard their own writing from overzealous editors.

And in early August, I’ll be on campus at Western Colorado University teaching at the weeklong summer residency for its Publishing Master’s Program.

So, as you can see, I really do spend most of my summer teaching.

And while I’m doing that, you can spend your summer learning!

And there’s never been a better time to learn writing and publishing from Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, because now through Friday, July 7, you can get all of the WMG Teachable classes for 50% off, plus get a free gift!

Here are the details in a nutshell:

To learn all the details, including more information on these cool new classes, click here.

Happy summer learning!

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.