Study Along Space Opera Workshop January 2025

A Fun Look at Writing Space Opera Stories

Study Along with the Las Vegas Fantasy Detective Craft Workshop.

Schedule: Space Opera Workshop

Workshop dates are January 13 6th through the 16th, 2025. Las Vegas class taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, winner of at least ten Asimov's Readers Choice Awards for best stories of the year. All were Space Opera.

Reading list will go out in November.

First short story will be assigned two weeks ahead of the start of the workshop.

Any questions, just write me.

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. 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.

First, you will get the same reading list that we send out two 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 as the writers in Vegas will turn their stories in.

We 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.)

We 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.

In the study-along will get the short story assignments and deadlines at exactly the same as the Vegas writers. We will respond to your short stories.

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

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 Study Along 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 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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