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Million Dollar Outlines

David Farland’s “Million-Dollar Outlines” workshop is designed help writers learn how to outline books and screenplays so that they will have a huge audience appeal. This is a key to raising your work from just being a commercial book or movie to becoming a bestseller.

The workshop is open to everyone. If you have an idea for a great novel, you'll write a short outline before class. We will then have lectures on outlining for three days, followed by two days of workshopping the individual outlines, which you will then rewrite and turn in to David within a week.

The goal here it to help you create a viable and valuable outline that can be used to become a major novel or screenplay.

Where Are the Workshops Held?

March 25th-29th, 2013
Price: $600

St. George Ramada Inn
1440 East Saint George Boulevard
St. George, UT 84790
(800) 713-9435, (435) 628-2828

We will be breaking at noon each day for lunch.

Payment: You may register online, email Dave, or send check to:
David Wolverton
335 Rocket Bar Rd.
St. George, UT 84790

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, including young adult and middle-grade books for Star Wars, the Mummy, ad other franchises.

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

Some of the students that he has taught who have gone onto fame include Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling of adult and young adult fantasy; Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times Middle-Grade Author; James Dashner, New York Times Bestselling YA author; Dan Wells, Whitney Award Winning Young Adult Horror author; and Stephenie Meyer, #1 international bestselling author.

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 “Best Novel in the English Language.” 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 the decade 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 2010 he won the Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year.

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 decade 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.

Dave has also worked as a game 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 recently completed the screenplay for the Runelords, which will be going into production soon.

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, 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, none of the funds will be returned.

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