Classic Character and Dialogue

How to make sure your dialogue is creating great characters and advancing the story.

This workshop focuses on dialogue and advanced character building skills.

Details of the major workshops associated with this Dialog workshop.

Character Voice and Setting workshop focuses on how to make your characters distinct. Basic and difficult character workshop.

Depth and Advanced Depth workshops focus on how to pull a reader down into your character in openings.

Character Development workshop focuses on how to build a character through a book, including secondary characters.

Plotting with Depth focuses on how much depth you need at various points in your novel to hold a reader into the book.

Character and Dialogue now focuses on how to make a living, breathing character that comes alive to your readers.

If you think all dialogue is equal, this workshop is what you need. How a character talks, how dialogue is structured, and so much more is critical to keeping a reader in your story and believing your character is really alive.

This workshop will also cover a bunch of basics in dialogue, including burying your dialogue and when to do it and when not to. This will also help if you have issues with pacing your work.

As with many of these workshops, this is an awareness workshop as well as a skill-learning workshop. You need to be aware that these techniques are even possible before you can use them in your own books.

This is now a classic workshop, so you will not be able to turn in the assignments, but they will still be there.

Your Instructor

Dean Wesley Smith
Dean Wesley Smith

With over twenty-three million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith now brings you original fiction every month for the past three years in his own magazine, Smith’s Monthly.

Dean wrote over twenty-five original Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, plus Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man novels, and others. He wrote many gaming novels including Final Fantasy.

He wrote novels and stories under almost fifty pen names and did scripts for Hollywood as well as being an editor for various magazines. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You can follow his writing life at

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
For lectures and classic workshops, the course starts now and stays on your dashboard for as long as you like! They are completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. For the monthly regular workshops, each has a start date and each week's lectures will appear on the same day. After the course is finished it will remain on your dashboard for as long as you like.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How can I contact someone about the course?
If you have any questions at all about anything in a course, simply email Dean with the word "workshop" in the subject line. His email is [email protected]

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