Epic Novel Writing Workshop

Have you ever wanted to write an epic novel, a big book, whether it be a fantasy novel like Lord of the Rings or science fiction novel like Dune

These are the kinds of books that typically win millions of fans and can make hundreds of millions of dollars for the author.

In this class, we will help you prepare to write your own epic.

Phase One: we’ll study the works of epic masters and discuss them. This will take place from September to December in 2021. Discussions will be held Saturdays on the dates listed at 3:00 PM Mountain Time.

Sep 18: Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth)

Oct 2: Star Wars review of episodes 4, 5, and 6

Oct 23: Harry Potter (and Rowling’s use of emotional draws)

Nov 20: Dune (world creation and mythic societies)

Dec 18–Lord of the Rings (emphasizing Tolkien’s Broken Narrative technique)

Phase Two: You will begin brainstorming and we’ll have lessons and assignments. At this point, we will move into smaller “brainstorming groups” so that you can brainstorm with others before each assignment. We’ll have lessons weekly on:

  1. Jan 8–Creating Epic Worlds and Societies
  2. Jan 22–Developing a Cast of Epic Characters
  3. Feb 5–Creating Epic Conflicts
  4. Feb 12–Plotting Your Novel by Weaving Narratives with Multiple Protagonists
  5. Epic Hooks/Immersive Viewpoint
  6. Finally, we’ll have you plot your epic novel and submit a summary to Dave.

Each step of the way, you’ll get feedback from your critique partners and from David Farland.

Number of Students: This class is open to only 12 students, firm. We may open it as an audited class for remote viewing, but I can’t handle more students myself.

Where: All meetings will be online. 

Prerequisites: You should take the Advanced Story Puzzle and Writing Enchanting Prose before taking this course. You will be given access to all course materials when you register, so if you want to sign up early and review these materials or take the classes with other students, you can do that.

Cost: $990 The best way to make certain of your spot is to pay in full here, but if you need to break up the payments, contact Dave at mystorydoctor@gmail.com.