Classic Writing Fantasy

How to write the best fantasy stories and series that you can.

Fantasy in this modern world covers so many areas, from high fantasy to urban fantasy to mainstream Twilight Zone fantasy to Harry Potter to even Star Wars in many people’s eyes. And each niche area of fantasy has its rules and guidelines and standards that readers expect.

Do you even know what type of fantasy your are writing or what you would like to write? Do you even know what tags to use?

This is a writing craft workshop. You will work your way through all the major sub-genres of fantasy and write in many of them, understanding reader expectations and required endings as the workshop goes along.

Fantasy is a massive genre and so complex that for years Kris and I didn’t want to tackle it. But we think now we have a way to teach the core of fantasy, to help writers understand what fantasy really is and what they are really writing.

And help their fantasy stories sell better. Pleasing reader expectations is always a good thing for word-of-mouth sales.

If you love fantasy of every type and want to improve your writing skills in this massive genre, this workshop is for you.

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 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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