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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Start National Novel Writing Month out right. This workshop will focus heavily on the craft of writing, touching on everything from creating engaging openings to using themes that resonate with your reader. You will have ten assignments over the course of the class, and David will review each assignment and offer critiques.

Workshop Info

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, conflict creation and more.

Workshop Info

Online Courses from David Farland

The Story Puzzle

$4294 Months
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  • Learn at Your Own Pace
  • Weekly Conference Calls
  • Personal Feedback From David

Writing Mastery 1

$429004 Months
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  • Weekly Conference Calls
  • Personal Feedback From David

Writing Mastery 2

$429004 Months
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  • Weekly Conference Calls
  • Personal Feedback From David

Get Over Your Writer's Block in an Hour

$69001 hour
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  • Consultation with Forrest

Live Workshops from David Farland

Writing Approaches

St. George, UT
Location TBA
July 17-21, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
6 Attendees Total


This little cozy workshop is only open to six students. In it we will discuss the business of writing, what makes a great plot, the fine art of prose, and also complete some writing exercises.

Starts On:
Monday July 17, 2017
3:00 PM
Ends On:
Friday July 21, 2017
3:00 PM
$599.00
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Writing Enchanting Prose

Dallas, Texas
Hampton Inn Dallas-North-I-35E At Walnut Hill 11069 Composite Drive, Dallas, TX 75229
September 25-29, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10 Attendees Total


In this workshop we will work heavily on imbuing your prose with the richness and details that bring a story to life. The goal is to teach you how to fully transport readers as you take them on a journey that captivates their hearts and minds. David Farland will teach you how to totally transport you readers so that they become so immersed in your story, they forget where they are—they forget they are reading at all.


This workshop is similar to the Writing Mastery workshop, but will be more exercise-oriented, with in-class practices. Writing Enchanting Prose is more in-depth than any of David's past prose workshops.


In this workshop, Dave would like to create an intimate environment where individual students will receive ample time for one-on-one interaction and critiques. Dave will be spending personal time with each student. Because of that, we will be strictly limiting the number of students allowed to attend to 10.

Starts On:
Monday September 25, 2017
9:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday September 29, 2017
5:00 PM
$799.00
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David Farland's Advanced Intensive Writing Workshop

St. George, Utah

Ramada Inn

1440 E St George Blvd,

St George, UT 84790

Phone: (435) 628-2828


November 6-10, 2017


10 Attendees Maximum


$799. Room, travel, and meals are separate


Start National Novel Writing Month out right in this workshop exclusively for those who would rather be dead than unread!


Dave is ratcheting up his popular Writing Mastery camp and this will be an advanced workshop where we perform daily writing exercises, give daily critiques, and work to improve our writing craft.


During the workshop, instruction and exercises will cover such topics as:

  • Adding intrigue to your tale
  • Creating tension
  • Using the eight kinds of hooks
  • Using appeals to various senses to hypnotize your reader
  • Weak appeals versus strong appeals versus "failed" appeals
  • The music of writing--assonance, consonance, metaphors, etc
  • Developing and using both your voice and your character's voices
  • Advanced descriptive techniques
  • And more!

We will have at least ten assignments over the course of the class, and Dave will review each assignment and offer critiques. We will also invite other writers to offer their own insights.


During lunch and dinners, authors will be able to set up appointments to dine with David in order to talk about specific concerns that they have with their writing, or to plan their careers.


Note to David Farland's Advanced Intensive Writing Workshop Participants: You must bring a laptop computer with you. If you don’t own one, then borrow, rent, or buy one.


While the goal for this workshop is to allow the writer to have fun, to get inspired, to work in an intellectually rich and emotionally fulfilling environment, this will be David’s most intensive class ever!


What Does it Cost?


The price is $799. There will be a strict limit of ten students.


When and Where Will It Be?


Ramada Inn in Saint George, UT


Number of Attendees


Due to the intensive nature of this workshop, attendance will be capped at ten people. This workshop will sell out so sign up early!


You will receive specific instructions after you sign up for the seminar, regarding location, accommodations, food, anything you should bring, etc.


Refund Policy for Writing Workshops


At times, people need to cancel from workshops due to circumstances beyond their control. However, when this happens, it incurs certain administrative costs. Furthermore, if a student withdraws too close to the workshop, we may have seats that cannot be sold—seats that have been held for months—and this does real damage to our ability to continue these services.


Therefore, if a student needs to back out from any workshop, the student may opt to apply all of the funds to a future workshop,


OR


The student may sell membership to another writer


OR


If the student needs to withdraw in a timely fashion (60 days before the workshop) funds will be returned minus $25 for administrative costs.


If the student needs to withdraw within 30-60 days of the workshop, we will try to sell that student’s seat and still refund all monies, less $25 for administrative costs.


If the student needs to withdraw within 30 days of a workshop, in most cases it becomes too late to open a slot for another student, due to the time that is required for students to prepare. In these cases, only 50% of the funds will be returned.

Starts On:
Monday November 6, 2017
9:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday November 10, 2017
5:00 PM
$799.00
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Monday November 6, 2017
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