About David Farland aka Dave Wolverton

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David Farland aka Dave Wolverton was the 11-time New York Times bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy author with over 100 million in book sales.

As a college student studying pre-medical microbiology, David Farland was torn: He also wanted to be a writer. So he decided to be a doctor who writes on the side.

Fortunately, he soon found out that the desire to write was overwhelming. At the same time, his interest in medicine waned.

As David Farland considered writing more seriously, he heard that the average writer spends seven years learning how to write well enough to get published. He wondered, was it possible to learn to write that well in less than seven years? Could it be done in one year?

Taking cues from his scientific studies, David decided he would apply the same logical approach to the study of publishing. He developed many theories that have informed his approach to writing, including the Stress Induction/Reduction Theory of Storytelling that suggests that stories serve a physiological need in readers.

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Writers of the Future Contest

Armed with his theories, David Farland determined to win first place in a writing contest within one year. He prepared several manuscripts, submitted them to various contests, and won them all.

Publishing contracts and illustrious awards followed and set the tone for his career. He went on to publish some fifty novel-length works and dozens of short stories, both under his given name (Dave Wolverton) and under his pseudonym, David Farland.

In the early 1990s, Dave accepted a position as lead judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests and began to mentor students. A few years later, he was invited to teach creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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Who is David Farland and What Teaching Credentials Does He have?

Dave was an award-winning, international and New York Times Best Selling author. He wrote over sixty novels and anthologies for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Beyond that, he worked at BYU as a creative writing instructor, a fiction editor, a videogame designer and scripter, and as a movie producer.

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 science fiction novels of the year.

Dave continued writing science fiction for the following ten years, writing several bestsellers among his own novels along with over 30 tie-in novels and short stories for franchises like Star Wars, The Mummy, and PUBG.

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. Dave’s team is now completing the ninth and last book of the series. Along with an exciting new Runelords anthology!

In 1999, Dave set a Guinness Record for the world’s largest single-author book signing. With over 3,500 signatures in one night!

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Dave was also the lead judge for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and each year he read thousands of stories, edited an annual anthology, and taught writing classes to new writers.

As an instructor, Dave taught workshops in conjunction with the Writers of the Future, taught upper-division classes in science fiction and fantasy writing at Brigham Young University, has appeared as a guest lecturer and instructor at hundreds of conventions, and has taught many other workshops at various universities. Some past students include New York Times bestselling authors like James Dashner, Eric Flint, Sean Williams, Brandon Mull, Brandon Sanderson, Stephenie Meyer, Jessica Day George, Elizabeth Chatsworth and many, many more.

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.

Today, Dave’s knowledge and expertise is shared with writers around the world through his Writing Tip articles, books on writing and various online and live lectures and workshops. He is now on a mission to create the world’s best writing group. He has now launched Apex-Writers.

About his life, David says, “I seem to have become a writer who now works as a doctor on the side—a story doctor.”

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