About David Farland

As a college student studying pre-medical microbiology, David Farland was torn. He also wanted to be a writer. Eventually, the desire to write became too overwhelming and he gave in. Today Dave shares his knowledge and expertise with writers around the world through his #WritingTip articles, books on writing and various online and live lectures and workshops.

Seeing his students take their own stories to greatness has become one of Dave’s greatest joys in life. Not only does he love sharing the lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of empirical study, he excels at diagnosing story problems and prescribing the right course of treatment for ultimate success.

About his life, Dave says, “I seem to have become a writer who now works as a doctor on the side—a story doctor.”

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David Farland Live Workshops and Seminars

Superstars Writing Seminars, founded in 2010, is unique among writing seminars. The curriculum is focused on teaching writers the business of being successful in the publishing industry. The instructors are chosen from the top of the industry and include...

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Have you started to write a book and wondered "What do I do now?" Would you like help in editing the book to make it as good as it can be, or help finding an agent or publisher?

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These workshops will make your work truly shine. Expert advice and personal feedback will you help you with character development,  worldbuilding–including the creation of new planets, life forms, political and economic systems, etc.–conflict creation and more.

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Online Courses from David Farland

The Story Puzzle

$39900
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Writing Mastery 1

$39900
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Writing Mastery 2

$39900
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Promising Starts

$69900
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Recent Posts

  • Character 8, eye-of-mordor, 4-10

#WritingTip—Fixating on a Story

March 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Remember when you were young and your mother or father read a favorite story to you over and over? Or do you recall that one book or movie that you wanted to read or watch [...]

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#WritingTip—Precision

March 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Once a quarter I read through thousands of stories for a writing contest—a job that usually takes several weeks. It would take longer, but of course I don’t always have to read an entire manuscript [...]

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#WritingTip—Opening Strategies

March 13th, 2015|0 Comments

There are many ways to hook a reader who opens your book--a great cover, a catchy title, luscious descriptions on the back cover, an endearing character portrait, a captivating first line to your novel, and [...]

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#WritingTip—Emotional and Intellectual Payoff

March 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Some stories gain power by tapping into the emotions that we felt at a particular age, or during a certain time of our lives. For example, some novels use nostalgia as a powerful draw. I [...]

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