Novel Rewriting Workshop


Have you written a novel that you feel has great potential, but you are unable to get an editor or agent interested? Or have you written a novel and now wish to make it as compelling as possible before sending it out, in the hopes of starting an auction?

Many new writers have strong writing skills but need help when it comes to editing. So, during this seminar, we will do the following:

  1. Dave Wolverton (aka David Farland) a New York Times Bestselling author, editor, and creative writing instructor, will edit the first 75 pages of your manuscript, and read the following 50 pages and your outline (10 pages), to assess ways to improve your writing and strengthen your work.
  2. Then, in class, we will have daily lessons for three hours each morning, followed by afternoons and evenings spent doing editing exercises on your work. These sessions will teach you how to do triage editing, where we select scenes or story lines to add to your work, delete from your novel, or change dramatically. We will also spend time doing line edits to improve the quality and clarity of your work, voice edits to make your narrator and characters sound consistent, and we will do syllabic edits to greatly increase the pacing of your novel, and so on.
  3. Each author will be asked to read the first 20 pages of each manuscript, along with the outline for the manuscript. We will then critique that first 20 pages in class, so that we can laser in on how we might best approach that story.

Tools to Succeed

Each author will need to bring a computer to write on and must be willing both to allow his or her own work to be seen by others, and to offer editing tips as part of classroom exercises.

We will also assign textbooks for this class. Students will need to study the texts before they arrive.

By the end of the week, our goal will be to have your novel either completely rewritten, or at least have you well into the task, having developed new skills as a writer.

To Enroll You Need

While we cannot guarantee that you will sell your novel, our goal with this class is to raise the value of your novel so that it garners as much attention as possible when it goes out to editors and agents. If you come with a novel that is unsellable, our hope is to edit it into something worth tens of thousands. If you come with a valuable property, we want to see if we can make it into something worth millions.

Please note that before you may enroll in this class, you must get approval from the instructor. To do this, send the first five pages of your manuscript to

You will need to send the first 100 pages of your manuscript to Dave Wolverton, along with a short synopsis of the end. The pages must be in manuscript format—12-point Courier font, with 6 inches of text per line, and 25 lines per page.

The cost for this workshop is $799.

Classroom size is extremely limited. No more than 12 students will be allowed per class.

When and Where Are the Workshops Held?

September 22-26, 2014 - $799

St. George Ramada Inn
1440 East Saint George Boulevard,
Saint George, UT
(800) 713-9435, (435) 628-2828

You will receive specific instructions after you sign up for the seminar, regarding location, accommodations, food, anything you should bring, etc.

Who Is Teaching?

Dave is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer in two fields—science fiction and fantasy. He has written or edited nearly fifty novels and anthologies for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers.

Beyond that, he has worked as college creative writing instructor, a fiction editor, and as the lead judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests.

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,”. His first novel spent several months on the Locus Science Fiction Bestseller List. He also won a Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award as “Best Novel in the English Language.” Dave continued writing science fiction for the following ten years until at the end the decade he decided to follow his childhood dream of writing fantasy and began writing in that genre.

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. The third book in the Runelords series, Wizardborn, hit the New York Times bestseller list.

As an instructor, Dave has taught workshops in conjunction with the Writers of the Future, has taught upper-division classes in science fiction and fantasy writing at Brigham Young University, has appeared as a guest lecturer and instructor at dozens of conventions, and has taught many other workshops at various universities.

What Credentials Does He Have?

Some students of his who have gone onto fame include Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of adult and young adult fantasy; Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times Bestselling middle-grade author; James Dashner, New York Times Bestselling young adult author; Dan Wells, Whitney Award-winning young adult horror author; and Stephenie Meyer, #1 international bestselling author.

Refund Policy for Writing Workshops

At times, people need to cancel from workshops due to circumstances beyond their control. However, when this happens, it incurs certain administrative costs. Furthermore, if a student withdraws too close to the workshop, we may have seats that cannot be sold—seats that have been held for months—and this does real damage to our ability to continue these services.

Therefore, if a student needs to back out from any workshop, the student may opt to apply all the funds to a future workshop,


The student may sell membership to another writer


If the student needs to withdraw in a timely fashion (60 days before the workshop) funds will be returned minus $25 for administrative costs.

If the student needs to withdraw within 30-60 days of the workshop, we will try to sell that student’s seat and still refund all monies, less $25 for administrative costs.

If the student needs to withdraw within 30 days of a workshop, in most cases it becomes too late to open a slot for another student, due to the time that is required for students to prepare. In these cases, only 50% of the funds will be returned.