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318R Writing Class with David Farland

About the 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 fantasy 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 250 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 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 January (on 1/04/22)  until Thursday, May 5.

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 January and goes to early May. The thirty classes will cover a multitude of topics on creative writing and the writing business. Here are some of the sample titles:

  1. What it Takes to Be a Professional Writer
  2. Brainstorming Like a Pro
  3. The Power of Setting
  4. Creating the Perfect Cast
  5. Focusing on Individual Characters
  6. Conflicts—The Engines of Your Story
  7. Treatment—Style, Tone, Voice
  8. How to Plot a Tale
  9. Composing Well, Fast, and Fun
  10. Hooking and Holding Your Reader
  11. Five Keys to Reaching a Massive Audience
  12. Designing a Great Scene
  13. Writing Powerful Dialog
  14. How Traditional Publishing Really Works
  15. Publishing Indie
  16. How to Make a Million—Strategies for Middle Grade, Young Adult, Genre Writers
  17. Screenwriting and the Film Business
  18. The Hollywood Greenlighting Process
  19. How films are Financed, Produced, and Distributed
  20. Income Streams for Writers
  21. And more!

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 college 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,” 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 brainstorming like a pro.

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

We’ll advance to exercises 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, foreign 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 forever. 

A Note After Our 2021 Enrollment

Thank you all for the overwhelming response! In our Fall class we completely filled our “live” seats , and we reached our maximum of “Audit” seats. We expect to do the same for the Winter of 2022.

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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David Farland  


"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."
Brandon Sanderson Author
Brandon Sanderson
#1 Best Seller of the Way of Kings and Mistborn
"He understands storytelling and writing on a freaky level. All of us feel like we owe a huge debt to him."
james dashner #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series
James Dashner
#1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series
"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."
Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull
#1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series
“If there's an aspiring writer in your life, this is a princely gift. If YOU are the aspiring writer, this is an investment in your own success.”
Carolyn Greene
Award-winning Author of Romance and Mystery novels. She is known as “The Plot Doctor.”
"Invaluable! This workshop kicked my writing into high gear."
Jessica Day George
Bestselling Young Adult Author of the Dragon Slippers Trilogy and Princess of the Midnight Ball
I learned more about story telling in that three-session workshop than I had in years of creative writing classes."
John Brown
Author who writes thrillers and epic fantasy