Writing for Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers

In this collection of lectures, Dave talks about special problems in writing for the younger audiences and the strategies you can use to turn your story ideas into bestselling novels. Lesson 1: When writing for young readers, you are really writing for two different audiences: the kids and the adult gatekeepers the book has to […]


This is the third of Dave’s video lecture series. David Farland has trained more #1 New York Times Bestselling authors than anyone else. One of the keys to creating a blockbuster story is to set the tale in another time and another place. The ability to transport a reader is vital, no matter what time […]

Recharging your Creative Batteries

how to motivate yourself to write a book

All writers need to take time to recharge their creative battery when they’re worn out. In this lecture, David Farland discusses the best, most productive ways to re-energize, so that you can get back to writing faster and with renewed spirits. In these videos, Dave will talk about how to learn to see and hear […]

Publishing in 2020

Many new writers put together a great book proposal, then send it to a lousy agent or publisher. By doing that, they may set their own career back by 5 years. So in this seminar, I talk about how to vet agents and publishers, how to meet them, and basically get a leg up on […]

Kickstart Your Career

Kickstarting Your Career This is the second of Dave’s video lecture series. David Farland has trained more #1 New York Times Bestselling authors than anyone else. One of his most frequent questions is “How can I break into writing quickly.” Here is the introduction to the course and below are descriptions of each topic. Lesson 1: […]

Heinlein’s Rules

More than 65 years ago, Robert Heinlein gave a few simple rules about how to approach your writing career. The advice is considered timeless, but a few things have changed since then, and maybe it’s time for some revision. David Farland talks about what Heinlein got right, what he oversimplified, and what has changed in […]

Magnificent Middles

Magnificent Middles: For many writers, the most difficult part of a novel to write is the middle. Even professionals who outline well will often find that at the midpoint, they tend to second-guess their work, sit back and analyze their opening, consider their ending, and try to figure out how to get there in a […]

Promising Starts

Many people would like to write a novel but don’t know where to start. In this course, you will learn how to write the opening of a novel, with emphasis placed upon how to write to a wide audience and how to set up the “promises” that a writer makes with this story. The goal […]

Rewriting To Greatness

In this workshop you will learn why you need to become your own editor, and you’ll get an overview of the editorial process. You’ll learn why it’s important to make multiple passes while editing, and Dave will help introduce you to some of the best tools to guide you as you revise your novel. Acquisitions […]

Writing Mastery 2

In Writing Mastery 2, the focus will be on your story, which means that you will spend more time brainstorming scenes and working to build your story as a whole. Many of these exercises are designed to help you see your story in a new way, brainstorm new scenes, and then begin writing them, so that […]

Writing Mastery 1

What are the nine most common weaknesses that keep new authors from publishing successfully? This course will help you identify these problems and overcome them, strengthening your own writing through education and practice. Each topic is addressed in a taped lesson, followed by learning material, recommended reading, and a writing assignment. Learn to take your writing […]

Writing Enchanting Prose

how to write beautiful prose

You’ve read stories that absolutely swept you away into another world, stories made you forget you were reading and ultimately left you changed. This course is designed to teach you how to capture your reader’s imagination and then hold the reader enthralled through your entire novel. Week 1: How to Enchant Your Reader. In our first […]

The Advanced Story Puzzle

How to plot a novel

This workshop teaches you how to brainstorm and outline a bestselling novel using several different systems for brainstorming, including the Mountain Peak Method, Snowflake Method, 321 Method, and more. Lesson 1: Settings—Dave teaches the importance of transporting a reader into a fictional universe, as shown by the bestselling books and films in each genre. Learn […]