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

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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.

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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, conflict creation and more.

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Online Courses from David Farland

The Story Puzzle

$39900
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Writing Mastery 1

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David is on a writing sabbatical through the end of September, 2016. Please check back then

Writing Mastery 2

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Get Over Your Writer's Block in an Hour

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Live Workshops from David Farland

Write That Novel Seminar

Phoenix, Arizona

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Metro Center

2536 West Beryl Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85021, USA

May 20-21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

40 Attendees Total

Discover the Secrets of Writing Success From Bestselling Author David Farland

Here’s What You Will Learn in this Two-Day, Intensive Workshop:

  • How to Make a Great Living as a Top Fiction Writer—Find Out Why Some Authors Are Always Broke While Others Live Out Their Dreams
  • Secrets to Writing a Best Seller Through Wide Audience Appeal
  • Personal Insights Into “Why Your Readers Read” that Will Almost Magically Sell More Books
  • A Simple Diagram which Reveals Exactly Why and When to Step on the Gas in Your Plot
  • Dozens of Other Amazing Plot Power Tools You’ll Find Nowhere Else
  • How to Avoid the Deadly Opening Flaws which Prevent Most Authors From Getting Published
  • Virtually Unrevealed Techniques for Guiding Your Readers “Into the Rabbit Hole” as You Explore Your Story’s Mysteries
  • Of All the Ways Your Story Could End, Learn Which Grand Finales Are the Most Powerful, Satisfying and will Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More
  • Why Publishers Don’t Have Time to Edit Books Anymore and How to Make Sure Your Manuscript Shows Up at the Publisher Virtually Flawless
  • Having Worked as a Hollywood Producer, David will Walk You Through Secrets to Selling Your Film Rights and How to Maximize Your Income on Any Movie
  • Tips for Eliminating Writer’s Block and Other Obstacles so You Can Keep Turning Out those Golden Eggs
  • Nearly a Dozen Inner Circle Secrets to Make Sure Your Books Hit on Best Sellers’ Lists
  • How to Make Sure that Every Book Comes Out Better than the One Before
  • The Four Most Vital Keys to Writing a Bestselling Book or Movie
  • Five Techniques to Exploit an Intellectual Property in Hollywood and Around the World
  • The Right Way to Introduce Yourself to Editors, Agents, and Movie Producers and How to Get Yourself in Front of Them
  • Is Writing Really Your Easy Path to Wealth and Fame? The Truth About the T.V. Image of the Lavish Lifestyle of a Successful Author—Here’s How Success Can Be Achieved, But Don’t Buy Into Some Pipe Dream. It’s Real Work
  • Writing Tricks that have Turned Struggling New Writers Like J.K. Rowling Into Global Sensations
  • Why 98% of Wanna-Be Authors Fail . . . and much more!

David Farland Produces More Top Writers than Any Other Instructor—You Could Be Next!

David Farland is widely regarded as one of world’s best mentors for new writers. Some past student’s who have gone on to gain fame and fortune include #1 New York Times Bestseller Stephenie Meyer, #1 New York Times Bestseller Brandon Sanderson, New York Times Bestselling YA author Brandon Mull, New York Times Bestselling Science Fiction Author Eric Flint, and many more. Dave has an uncanny ability to spot that one or two weaknesses that a budding author needs to overcome in order to get published.

He’s published over fifty novels in science fiction, fantasy, and the historical field, including novels for adults, young adults and children. He has been a New York Times Bestselling author under both his writing name, David Farland, and his given name, Dave Wolverton. He holds the Guinness World Record for the largest single author signing. David worked for nearly a decade as coordinating judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, but has also worked as a movie producer, and college writing instructor. Dave has also worked as a videogame designer and scripter. Dave has worked with a number of the world’s top intellectual properties, including Star Wars, the Mummy, Xena, and Starcraft.

Why this “Write That Novel” Seminar Is THE One For You

What makes the Write That Novel Seminar special is that an enormous amount of vital information is packed into a single weekend, so unlike other seminars you don’t have to miss time from work, use up your vacation days, and spend a fortune on hotels and food. But you have to stay sharp, David has honed his curriculum to the point that life altering mental leaps will be coming at you every few minutes. Feel free to bring a recorder or notepad, you’ll want to capture it all and review it. When David does one of these seminars, he says he feels limp like a wrung out rag afterward. His voice goes out for a few days. He often even gets sick and spends the following week in bed. He literally gives you his all. It’s explosive.

You’re Backed By Our Generous Guarantee:

After attending the entire event, you must feel richly rewarded by the wisdom you’ve gained. If you don’t feel that the Write that Novel Seminar was worth every penny, every minute and any effort you put in to get there, then simply ask David for a complete refund and you’ll receive it promptly and courteously. Yes, we realize that with such a guarantee so completely one-sided in your favor, some unscrupulous people could take advantage of us, but we’ll take that risk. We know that what we have to share with you is so pivotal to your success that you will be forced to agree, when you walk out the classroom doors, you’ll be enlightened, ready to launch your writing career to new heights and feel glad that you went. We know that you’ll happily be forced to admit it was well worthwhile.

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Friday May 20, 2016
9:00 AM
Ends On:
Saturday May 21, 2016
5:00 PM
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David is attending Gen Con 2016 from August 4-7 this year and will be teaching for three days. Here is a link to the site: Gen Con.

David's Gen Con Schedule

Thursday

10-11 Free Session--Million Dollar Audiences. Come find out what the bestselling movies and book of all time all have in common. This session is free!

11-12 Transporting Your Reader. Come learn writing techniques on how to bring your setting to life. This workshop lasts for 5 hours and costs $50.

12-1 Lunch

1-5 Building Better Worlds. Learn How to Build Exciting Worlds for Your Reader, whether you write science fiction, fantasy, or historical fiction. We’ll cover how to build your physical world, develop cultures, technology, magic systems, and more. You will do short writing assignments in this session.

Friday

9-10: Free Session—Creating Gripping Characters. It’s not enough to just create “believable” characters. In this session, I’ll show you some advanced techniques for building intriguing character, sympathetic characters, and discuss character dynamics.

10-5 Casting Your Novel. This workshop lasts for 6 hours and costs $60. In this workshop, you’ll learn advanced techniques for casting your novel—creating your protagonist, antagonist, contagonist, guide, true love, temptress, sidekick, and hecklers. You’ll also learn the casting director’s method of casting in order to develop unique characters, learn exercises to create character voices, and we’ll get into how to deepen your characters in order to bring them to life. You will do short exercises in this session, and we will take a break for lunch.

Saturday

9-10: Free Session—The Story Engine. Your story can’t come alive until you put your characters into conflict. Conflict is the engine that drives your story forward. In this class, we’ll talk about the types of conflicts that you need—from internal conflicts to external, from social conflicts to interpersonal, and so on.

10-5 Developing Exciting Conflicts. This workshop lasts for 6 hours and costs $60.In this workshop, we will go through a number of techniques for creating powerful conflicts, such as “building character circuitry,” “devising gads,” developing family-centered and identity conflicts, and so on. You will learn ways to escalate your novel by deepening and broadening conflicts. We’ll do exercises on how to write argument scenes, developing identity conflicts and writing action.

Million Dollar Outlines

Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane International Hotel Virginia
Phone +61 7 3265 7066
Fax +61 7 3865 1735
Email virginia@brisbaneinternationalhotels.com.au
September 19-22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (4 Days)
Up to 16 Attendees Total
Price $599 (US)


Million Dollar Outlines

This is your chance to see David Farland live in Australia!


David Farland’s “Million-Dollar Outlines” seminar is designed help writers learn how to outline books and screenplays so that they will have a huge audience appeal. This is a key to raising your work from just being a commercial-quality book or movie to becoming a bestseller.


The workshop is open to everyone. You’ll learn the principles that will make your work more widely accepted and for a lot more money.


The material in this workshop does not overlap with David’s “Writing Enchanting Prose” workshop that will be held in Sydney, so you may want to sign up for both. Space is limited, so register soon!


Who Is Teaching and What Credentials Does He Have?

Dave is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer in two fields—science fiction and fantasy. He has written or edited nearly fifty novels and anthologies for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers, including young adult and middle-grade books for Star Wars, the Mummy, ad other franchises.


Beyond that, he has worked as a college creative writing instructor, a fiction editor, a videogame designer and scripter, as a movie producer, and as the lead judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests.


Some of his students have gone on to great fame, include Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling of adult and young adult fantasy; Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times Middle-Grade Author; James Dashner, #1 New York Times Bestselling YA author; Dan Wells, Whitney Award Winning Young Adult Horror author; and Stephenie Meyer, #1 international bestselling author, and many more. Dave was also instrumental in discovering and promoting J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.


As Dave Wolverton, he began his writing career in 1987 when he won the Writers of the Future Gold Award for his short story, “On My Way to Paradise,” and shortly afterward was given a three-novel contract by Bantam Books. His first novel spent several months on the Locus Science Fiction Best-seller List, and won a Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award as one of the best novels of the year. Dave continued writing science fiction for the following ten years, writing several bestsellers among his own novels along with tie-in novels for major franchises, such as Star Wars and The Mummy, until at the end the decade he decided to follow his childhood dream of writing fantasy, and began writing also in that genre.


With the move to fantasy, he changed his writing name to David Farland, so as not to confuse his audience. His first fantasy novel, The Runelords, became a runaway hit around the world and has millions of readers. The third book in the Runelords series, Wizardborn, hit the New York Times best-seller list. Dave is now completing the ninth—and last—book of the series.


Over the years, Dave has won numerous awards for his fiction, including a Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year, the Hollywood Book Award for Book of the Year, and the International Book Award for best young adult book of the year.


In 1999 he broke Guinness Record for the world's largest book signing.


Dave is currently a judge for one of the world's largest writing contests, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future.


Dave has also worked as a videogame designer on such international hits as StarCraft's Brood War, and as a video game scripter.


In 2002 Dave went to work as a movie producer in Hollywood, raising millions of dollars for independent films. There he worked with screenwriters, directors and various studio heads, and has also worked as a screenwriter and greenlighting analyst.


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 some 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 the 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, 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, none of the funds will be returned. At our sole discretion, exceptions to this policy may be made.

Starts On:
Monday September 19, 2016
9:00 AM
Ends On:
Thursday September 22, 2016
5:00 PM
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Writing Enchanting Prose

Sydney, Australia
Waldorf Parramatta Apartment Hotel
Email: parramatta@waldorf.com.au
Oct 10-14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (5 Days)
Up to 16 Attendees Total
Price $699 (US)


Writing Enchanting Prose

This is your chance to see David Farland live in Australia!


Some stories capture your imagination and totally carry you away, transporting you so fully, that you forget that you’re reading, lose track of the time, and virtually “live through the story.” For years, people have believed that it required some sort of supernatural genius to write such tales.


But David Farland can teach you how it is done, using a combination of techniques that have been known for decades and combining them with recent discoveries in neuro-science. If you’re ready to make magic with you’re writing, then this is the workshop for you!


The workshop is open to everyone. You will need to bring your laptop computer and a story idea to work on.


The material in this workshop does not overlap with David’s “Million Dollar Outline” workshop that will be held in Brisbane, so you may want to sign up for both. Space is limited, so register soon!


Who Is Teaching and What Credentials Does He Have?

Dave is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer in two fields—science fiction and fantasy. He has written or edited nearly fifty novels and anthologies for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers, including young adult and middle-grade books for Star Wars, the Mummy, ad other franchises.


Beyond that, he has worked as a college creative writing instructor, a fiction editor, a videogame designer and scripter, as a movie producer, and as the lead judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests.


Some of his students have gone on to great fame, include Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling of adult and young adult fantasy; Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times Middle-Grade Author; James Dashner, #1 New York Times Bestselling YA author; Dan Wells, Whitney Award Winning Young Adult Horror author; and Stephenie Meyer, #1 international bestselling author, and many more. Dave was also instrumental in discovering and promoting J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.


As Dave Wolverton, he began his writing career in 1987 when he won the Writers of the Future Gold Award for his short story, “On My Way to Paradise,” and shortly afterward was given a three-novel contract by Bantam Books. His first novel spent several months on the Locus Science Fiction Best-seller List, and won a Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award as one of the best novels of the year. Dave continued writing science fiction for the following ten years, writing several bestsellers among his own novels along with tie-in novels for major franchises, such as Star Wars and The Mummy, until at the end the decade he decided to follow his childhood dream of writing fantasy, and began writing also in that genre.


With the move to fantasy, he changed his writing name to David Farland, so as not to confuse his audience. His first fantasy novel, The Runelords, became a runaway hit around the world and has millions of readers. The third book in the Runelords series, Wizardborn, hit the New York Times best-seller list. Dave is now completing the ninth—and last—book of the series.


Over the years, Dave has won numerous awards for his fiction, including a Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year, the Hollywood Book Award for Book of the Year, and the International Book Award for best young adult book of the year.


In 1999 he broke Guinness Record for the world's largest book signing.


Dave is currently a judge for one of the world's largest writing contests, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future.


Dave has also worked as a videogame designer on such international hits as StarCraft's Brood War, and as a video game scripter.


In 2002 Dave went to work as a movie producer in Hollywood, raising millions of dollars for independent films. There he worked with screenwriters, directors and various studio heads, and has also worked as a screenwriter and greenlighting analyst.


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 some 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 the 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, 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, none of the funds will be returned. At our sole discretion, exceptions to this policy may be made.

Starts On:
Monday October 10, 2016
9:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday October 14, 2016
5:00 PM
$699.00
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Writer’s Mastery Camp

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Writer’s Mastery Camp

Writing Mastery

St. George, Utah

Ramada Inn

1440 E St George Blvd,

St George, UT 84790

Phone: (435) 628-2828

November 7-11, 2016

12 Attendees Total

$699

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

This is a whole new approach to Dave’s popular writing camp, where we will focus much more heavily on writing craft than ever before. For five days, we will have lectures followed by writing exercises throughout the day, with evenings left open for "free writing."

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

  • Six ways to create engaging openings.
  • Putting characters into conflict.
  • Using themes to resonate with your reader.
  • Using plotting tools.
  • Using tone, voice, and your own personal style.
  • The revision process.

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 Writer's Mastery Camp 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 $699. There will be a strict limit of ten students.

When and Where Will It Be?


Ramada Inn in Saint George, UT

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 7, 2016
9:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday November 11, 2016
5:00 PM
$699.00
Writer’s Mastery Camp
Monday November 7, 2016
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