Study Along Mystery Craft Workshop 2021

How To Write Mystery Stories That Sell

Study Along with the Las Vegas Mystery Craft Workshop.

Study Along Workshops will allow writers to follow part of the intense craft workshops being held in Las Vegas, only online.

For those of you who do not know, Kristine Kathryn Rusch teaches the craft workshops in Las Vegas (I get to help on one of them). To put it lightly, the workshops are intense. (grin)

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

In 2020 we have three craft workshops scheduled and three planned in 2021. (All are in Las Vegas, NV.)

What happens, in general, at these workshops is that there is a reading list about four months ahead that Kris sends everyone. Everyone must have it all read by the workshop. It is not a small list and Kris has reasons for each story and book on the list. Just the reading list in a learning experience.

Then two weeks ahead of the workshop or so you get a story assignment to a specific topic to write and bring with you to the workshop.

Then over the five days in Las Vegas you write two or three more short stories, do a bunch of exercises and craft things focused on helping you get better at the topic of the workshop. Kris talks about the books you read in depth, also about the assignments and the stories in the two sessions a day of meetings. And she has lectures about the topics to help the writers move forward.

As I said, these are intense and will jump your writing ahead. (If interested, write me.)

Study Along Workshops

Since the in-person Vegas workshops with Kris are very limited and also you must qualify and be in the right place, many writers either don't qualify yet or can't make the trip to Vegas for one reason or another.

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 workshop by a long ways, but it will still be pretty nifty.

First, you will get the same reading list that Kris sends out four months ahead. Same deadline to get it all read.

You will get the first story assignment. It must be turned it at exactly the same time Kris's writers in Vegas will turn their stories in.

Kris will do short videos about the reading books that will be released a little each day. (Writers in Vegas will also have access to all this as well for review later.)

I will do a series of recorded videos that will be opened up each day talking about learning the topic of the workshop, similar to regular online workshops.

You will get the short story assignments and deadlines at exactly the same as the Vegas writers. I will respond to your short stories. Kris will not read them, but I will. Then I will do a short webinar for each short story assignment where I talk about the stories and the reason for the assignment.

Only the Vegas writers will get all the other craft assignments and hear Kris's lectures and how that all builds. But the Study Along students will get her comments recorded about each book in the reading list and my lectures on the topics plus comments on the stories.

Study Along Mystery Workshop

This workshop focus is on how to create mystery short stories in all sub-genres. This is an intense submersion into writing mystery.

This workshop works for those who have never written a mystery and always want to and also writers who focus on mystery more and want to take their craft up another level. This workshop is very different than the Classic Writing Mystery workshop.

Details About the Mystery Workshop

This workshop starts with the reading list in early November, 2020, you will write a short story in two weeks right ahead of the workshop, and bulk of the writing takes place April 16th-20th. All teaching videos will appear over those five days as well.

If you are signed up, I will send you a direct email when the reading list is put up here and also when the first short story assignment is posted. So no worries that you will miss something if you sign up now.

The videos will always be on your dashboard to return to at any time.

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 Study Along Mystery Craft Workshop
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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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