Professional Writers’ Workshop
Have you started to write a book and wonder what to do now? Would you like help in editing the book to make it as good as it can be, or help finding an agent or publisher? Would you like to get a better grasp of how to make a living as a writer, or how to launch your new career? Then this workshop might be for you. It’s designed to help teach you the kinds of things that you can’t learn in most colleges—the ins and outs of the writing business.
The Professional Writers’ Workshop is strictly limited to 18 participants, people who are serious about writing. To join, you will need to contact David and be prepared to talk a little about your training as a writer and your experience. You’ll also need to provide a short writing sample.
The cost of the Professional Writers’ Workshop is $700 for the week. Deadline for Registration is May 1, 2012—or until the class is full.
You will need to be willing to do the following to attend: 1) Read several textbooks on writing before coming to the workshop. 2) Finish the first 25 pages of your novel, along with a 5-page outline before coming to the workshop. 3) Read and critique others' work during the course of the workshop. 4) Be prepared to complete writing assignments during the course of the workshop (which means that you will need a computer or typewriter, and access to a printer).
Where Are the Workshops Held?
Who Is Teaching and What Credentials Does He Have?
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, a videogame designer and scripter, as a movie producer, and so on.
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 tie-in novels for major franchises like Star Wars and The Mummy until at the end of ten years he decided to follow his childhood dream of writing fantasy, and began writing also 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 best-seller list. Dave is now completing the ninth—and last--book of the series.
Over the years, Dave has won numerous awards for his short fiction in particular, and set a Guinness Record for the world's largest book signing–a record that he still holds.
In 1991, Dave became a judge for one of the world's largest writing contests, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and for the next several years he read thousands of stories each year, edited an annual anthology, and taught writing classes to new writers.
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. Some past students who have recently published include New York Times bestselling YA author Brandon Mull, New York Times bestselling fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, hot new thriller writer Virginia Baker, the talented new fantasy author John Brown, and hot new children's fantasy author Jessica Day George.
Dave has also worked as a designer on such international hits as StarCraft's Brood War, and as a video game scripter.
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. He is currently the head of East India Press, a new publishing company that brings books out as enhanced novels, e-books, audiobooks, and as print books.
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 of 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.