Novella Fantasy Caper Add-On January 2023

Writing a Fantasy Caper Novella

Add-On of a Novella to the Fantasy Caper Class.

Starting in 2022, Dean and Kris will be doing a series of really fun workshops in Las Vegas. They are limited to only 15 people attending. We have six planned out with Dean teaching three and Kris teaching three. They will be writing heavy and a ton of fun.

And we screen who we let into the in-person workshops to make sure the work and pressure will not hurt anyone, but instead help them learn and advance their writing.

For this new series, we have taken the overall topics of Caper, Spies, and Humor and smashed them into six genres.

March... Thriller Humor taught by Dean

May... Mystery Caper taught by Kris

July... Romance Spies taught by Kris

September... Science Fiction Humor taught by Dean

November... Historical Spies taught by Dean

January 2023... Fantasy Caper taught by Kris

Oh, my, heavens, will these be fun!!

Study Along Workshops

Since the in-person Vegas workshops are very limited and also you must qualify and be in the right place in your writing, many writers either don't qualify yet or can't make the trip to Vegas for one reason or another. And with six really fun topics, you might not be able to make more than one or two in Vegas. But you can take all six as Study Along classes.

So Kris and I have come up with a way to allow writers of any skill level to study along. It won't be the full in-person workshop by a long ways, but it will still be pretty nifty. And cheaper.

See one of the Study Along workshops for full details.

Adding a Novella to the Mix...

If you are signed up for this Study Along class or the Vegas class, and would like to learn more on how to write a novella in the workshop topic, we are offering a special extra on-line class you can add on.

We will do numbers of videos as an extension of the Vegas Class or the Study Along class focused on how to write longer, essentially a novella.

You will have two weeks from the last day of the class to watch the videos and write a novella and turn it in and we will read it.

You must have taken either the Vegas class or the Study Along class on the same topic to take this class.

This class is not part of the Lifetime Study Along. It is an extra, but being a lifetime member qualifies you to take this.


If something happens and you can not do the underlying Vegas or Study-Along class, we can move this to another class without problem.

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

  General Introduction to Novella Add-On Class
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  Novella Assignment
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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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