Classic Information Flow

Learning How To Control Your Reader


Understanding this very complex element of fiction writing is difficult, at best. It seems on the surface to be so easy, but just below that surface is one of the most powerful tools a writer has in their craft toolbox.

For lack of a better way of describing Information Flow, think of this workshop as a way to control your readers.

(You must have taken the Depth Workshop before you can take this workshop.)

Readers build the story you are telling them in their head from reading the little black coding marks you are putting in front of them. If you are coding those little black marks correctly, the reader will see and feel what you want them to see

The reader will get to know your character the way you want them to know the character. The reader will feel the tension or lack of tension you want them to feel.

But if you allow them to make something up that does not fit your story and then try to correct it later, they get confused, annoyed, or just sort of drift out of your story and never come back. It is critical to a good storyteller to control the images and scenes the reader is seeing and feeling.

That's what this workshop is all about on so many levels.


Long-term bestsellers with millions of readers understand this concept as well as they understand pacing.

Do you want your reader ahead of your character? How do you do that?

You want your readers to pay attention to a detail and not pay attention to other details? How do you do that?

When to put in certain details and when you can leave them out.

And so much, much, much more.

Even if you don't feel you are ready for this kind of advanced workshop yet, it would be worth your time to take this and start to understand and give your creative voice permission to use much of this when it feels it is needed.


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

  Introduction to the Classic Workshops
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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 do 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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