Classic Secrets in Craft

What are the secrets to writing better stories and novels?


Each week will cover a myth of writing and how the myth is both right and wrong and learning how to use the myth and get past it will help you become a better craft person with your novels and stories.

One myth example that we will not cover is the myth of starting a story with action. Everyone knows that is wrong. You can see that by simply typing in the first 400 words of any major writer's work. So too obvious, and we cover that in Depth in Writing and Advanced Depth.

But there are many, many myths that once you realize they are a myth and can find the bad of the myth and the nugget of truth in the myth, you will be come a better fiction writer.

This is a craft workshop. No business, but down the road we might add a workshop in along this same format for business. But this workshop is to improve your craft.

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 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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