318R Online Live Course

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About the 318R Course

From 1999 to 2002, David Farland taught a popular science fiction and fantasy creative 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 penned has sold over 200 million copies in 37 different languages.

Now, just for the fun of it, Dave is going to teach the class online so that it will be available worldwide. His new workshop, “318R” will feature much of the same content, only it will be better, because, as Dave put it, “I’ve learned a lot.”

Assignments and Feedback

It will have the same assignments that Dave used. Each participant will be asked to write either three short stories or three chapters to a novel for critique. The maximum length for each assignment will be 20 pages, but if a student wishes Dave to edit more, they can have it done for $8 per page. Those who take the full class will receive feedback from Dave.

There will also be three short assignments and three quizzes.

Number of Class and Size

The full class will be limited to 50 people, and will be taught live on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM Mountain Time. If you miss a class, there will be links to the Zoom recordings so that you can review them at your leisure.

We’ll have a total of about 30 lectures. Classes will run from the first Tuesday in September until mid-December.

Auditing the class:

But wait, there is more! In the classes at BYU, many students came to “audit” the class. They weren’t required to take the tests or turn in assignments, but were encouraged to participate in classes, and since their work wasn’t critiqued, they only paid half price.

So, we’ll have fifty students who will get the whole “318R experience,” but others will be allowed to sit in, ask questions, learn, and have fun. You can just hang out and learn, without any stress.

Course and Lecture Structure

Each class will begin with a lecture, and I will have three quizzes, and three shorter two-page exercise assignments, too. So, I might ask you for example to create a character sheet for a single character, or to read a story so that you can understand a certain principle. But these assignments won’t take more than a couple of hours per week, and we won’t have them on most weeks.

We will divide you into critique groups for assignments so that you will have three other people whose work you will need to critique or brainstorm

How Long is the Course?

The course starts on the first Tuesday of September and goes to mid-November. The thirty classes will covering a multitude of topics on creative writing and the writing business.

What's the price?

The price for taking the full class will be $580, which is a little less than the charge for taking three full credit hours at today’s rates. The price for auditing will be $290.

Topics Covered:

The class curriculum is somewhat subject to change, but we’ll cover a wide range of information on writing, publishing, and marketing books.

The first class, “You can earn a living as a writer,” explains how writers make a living in this business and also tells why most of them fail.

We’ll then move in week two to “Writing formed stories,” where I’ll explain the difference between short stories, novels, and epics—and give tips on how to write each well.

We’ll then study worldbuilding, characterization, developing your conflicts for books, and plotting novels—from simple short novels to epics.

We’ll then move into exercise on how to write completely immersive fiction that involves all of the senses.

From there, we’ll talk about how to submit novels for publication, and go into techniques for marketing your books.

We’ll then branch out into how to sell ancillary rights to your intellectual properties, including audiobooks, electronic book rights, videogames and film—both movies and television series

There’s a reason why the lecture time on this is 30 hours!

I hope you join us. Over the years I’ve had dozens of writers say, “I wish I could have been in that 318R class.” Well, now you can, but I can’t guarantee that this will go on for years. 

A Note After Our 2021 Enrollment

Thank you all for the overwhelming response! In our January class we completely filled our “live” seats , and we reached our maximum of “Audit” seats. We expect to do the same for the Fall.

We are so grateful for the interest of writers from across the globe, and were disappointed that we had to turn away people after seats were filled. Due to the several dozens of people who emailed me, expressing interest, I have decided to hold this class again in 2022.

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