Let David Farland help you write your book.

International and New York Times Best-Selling Author Reveals His Writing Secrets

David Farland was an international and New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy author with over 50 novels in print. He was one of the world’s most prominent and highly sought-after writing instructors.

As a writing instructor, Farland mentored dozens who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 Best Sellers as:

  • Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time & The Way of Kings)
  • Stephenie Meyer (Twilight)
  • James Dashner (The Maze Runner)
  • Brandon Mull (Fablehaven)

And more than 100 other New York Times Best Sellers

Dave helped discover and market J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter to become the bestselling novel of all time. 

He set the Guinness World Record for the largest largest author book signing.

Farland also judged and taught writing workshops with L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future, the largest worldwide writing competitions for speculative fiction.

The contest has helped discover and launch many authors into professional careers, with nearly 100 new science fiction and fantasy books released in just the last year.

Dave passed away in January 2022, but his wisdom remains with us today through his books, pre-recorded courses and the people he inspired.

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In this book, best-selling author and acclaimed writing instructor, David Farland packs years of experience and wisdom into daily tips on how to write, edit and advertise a book.

"I still use the writing techniques he discussed, and constantly reference him and his instruction when I teach creative writing myself. . . His explanations led me directly to getting an agent, and subsequently, my first book deal."
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Brandon Sanderson
#1 Bestselling author of the Way of Kings and Mistborn
“Whether you’re interested in making the transition to a professional author or are already published and wish to facilitate your move to the next level, Dave will give you the skill set necessary to make it happen.”
Day Leclaire
Bestselling author of over 50 romance novels
"Aside from being a talented writer, David Farland is an excellent writing teacher. Hearing him teach live and reading his written advice has helped me focus many of my own thoughts about the writing process. Those who would like to learn more about the craft of writing would be wise to pay attention."
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Brandon Mull
#1 Bestselling author of Fablehaven and Beyonders

Writing Workshops

These include both in person and live online courses*

Superstars Writing Seminar

Superstars Writing Seminars was founded in 2010 and is unique among writing seminars. The curriculum is focused on teaching writers the business side of being successful in the publishing industry and mastering the writing craft. The instructors are chosen from the top of the industry and include Kevin J. Anderson, Eric Flint, Rebecca Moesta, James Owen, David Farland, and more!

Online Writing Workshops

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From 1999 to 2002, David Farland taught a popular science fiction and fantasy writing class at Brigham Young University. Some of his students from those classes went on to make millions. Brandon Sanderson took it twice and has become one of the bestselling writers of our time. Dan Wells also took it, and he became one of the bestselling writers of dark fantasy of the past three decades. Stephenie Meyer took it and asked in a private consultation, “How do I write the bestselling young adult novel of all time?” The book she devised has sold over 100 million copies in 37 different languages.

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These workshops will make your work truly shine. Receive expert advice and personal feedback from Dave's team with in-person or online interactions. With a variety of workshops, Dave will help you with things like character development, outlining, story structure, worldbuilding–including the creation of new planets, life forms, political and economic systems, conflict creation and more.

A Checklist for Writing Your Story

Checklist for Writing your Story

Developing conflict in storytelling

Creating Obstacles For Your Characters

Write a Good Fight Scene

8 Tips On How To Write A Good Fight Scene

Seeing Yourself as a Writer

finding an agent

Why you Need an Agent Even If You Go Indie

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Opening Well

David Farland's Writing Tips

Enjoy Dave's legendary writing tips. With over 1000 tips on how to successfully write, edit and publish your books!

Apex Writers Group

Apex Writers Group is like a writing conference you can access from anywhere anytime. You get instant access to video training on every topic by David Farland and other experts like #1 Best-Sellers like Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, and Joanna Penn.

  • Get Dave’s Super Writers’ Bundle Courses and his 4 bestselling books on writing.
  • Access three weekly conference calls with the best in the business!
  • Network and hivemind with like-minded authors who want to help each other succeed.
  • Join writing groups and forums to boost your writing skills and publicity!
"When I reached the end of this first volume, The Runelords, and saw grace arise from a devastating battlefield where too many great hearts lay dead, Farland had earned the tears that came to my eyes. It was not sentiment but epiphany."
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Orson Scott Card
"David Farland is the single greatest discovery of my professional career."
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Algis Budrys
"The Ravenspell books are just downright fun. Wizard of Ooze is a delightful tale; kids will love the action and the epic adventure, adults will love the puns and pop-culture references. People who liked Shrek will LOVE this book!"
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Terry Brooks
Kickstarting your Writing Career

Tell Us Where To Send Your FREE ‘Kickstart Your Writing Career’ Workshop

“How can I break into writing quickly…?

Great question! In this series of lectures, Dave talks about some of the steps you need to take in order to build a successful career as a writer.