Advanced Conflict Class September/October 2024

Nine Weeks of Studying Advanced Conflict

Advanced Craft Classes in general...

The goal in nine weeks is learn about an area of the craft of fiction writing in depth.

There will be eight assignments, one each week for the first eight weeks that will help you learn.

Dean and Kris have put these classes together. They will not be easy, but they will be worthwhile for your writing.

You can get the ones that interest you or that you think you need help on, or you can buy the entire year of 2023 or of 2024 for a discount and take them all.

There are 12 different classes available in 2024.



Character is the core of any story, not only to help your story seem real, but to hold readers into the story because they care about a character.And once a reader cares about a character, conflict can be used to move the story forward and hold the reader's interest. There are many, many advanced lessons about how to develop conflict to study and practice over the nine weeks.

This workshop starts on Tuesday, September 2nd and runs for nine weeks with assignments due each week on Sunday evening.

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 Advanced Conflict Class
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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 a 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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