318R Writing Class by David Farland with Rafael Hohmann

About the Course

From 1999 to 2002, David Farland taught a popular science fiction and fantasy creative writing class at Brigham Young University. Some of his students from those classes went on to make millions. Brandon Sanderson took it twice and has become one of the bestselling fantasy writers of our time. Dan Wells also took it, and he became one of the bestselling writers of dark fantasy of the past three decades. Stephenie Meyer took it and asked in a private consultation “How do I write the bestselling young adult novel of all time?” The book she penned has sold over 250 million copies in 37 different languages.

Now, this class is offered online so that it will be available worldwide. This workshop, “318R” features much of the same content, only it will be better, because, as Dave put it, “I’ve learned a lot.” Dave recorded these classes and trained other authors in it’s use and instruction. 


Instructor, Assignments, and Feedback

Rafael Hohmann
Instructor, Assignments, and Feedback

Since Dave’s passing, Rafael Hohmann has been teaching in his place. Rafael was born in the dungeon of a castle in South America.

He is a number one best-selling epic fantasy author, a writing instructor, and digital artist. 

Trained by David (Farland) Wolverton and an avid member of the writing industry, Rafael’s passion is in part to write amazing books but also to strengthen communities of authors.

The class will have assignments based on the methods Dave used. 

Each assignment will receive personal feed back from Rafael.

Number of Class and Size

The full class will be taught live on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM Mountain Time. If you miss a class, there will be links to the Zoom recordings so that you can review them at your leisure. 

We’ll have a total of about 30 lectures. Classes will begin on September 1, 2022.

Auditing the class:

But wait, there is more! In the classes at BYU, many students came to “audit” the class. They weren’t required to take the tests or turn in assignments, but were encouraged to participate in classes, and since their work wasn’t critiqued, they only paid half price. 

So, we’ll have fifty students who will get the whole “318R experience,” but others will be allowed to sit in, ask questions, learn, and have fun. You can just hang out and learn, without any stress.

Course and Lecture Structure

Each class will begin with a lecture, and I will have three quizzes, and three shorter two-page exercise assignments, too. So, I might ask you for example to create a character sheet for a single character, or to read a story so that you can understand a certain principle. But these assignments won’t take more than a couple of hours per week, and we won’t have them on most weeks. 

We will divide you into critique groups for assignments so that you will have three other people whose work you will need to critique or brainstorm

How Long is the Course?

The course starts September 1 and meets twice a week. The thirty classes will cover a multitude of topics on creative writing and the writing business. Here are some of the sample titles:

  1. What it Takes to Be a Professional Writer
  2. Brainstorming Like a Pro
  3. The Power of Setting
  4. Creating the Perfect Cast
  5. Focusing on Individual Characters
  6. Conflicts—The Engines of Your Story
  7. Treatment—Style, Tone, Voice
  8. How to Plot a Tale
  9. Composing Well, Fast, and Fun
  10. Hooking and Holding Your Reader
  11. Five Keys to Reaching a Massive Audience
  12. Designing a Great Scene
  13. Writing Powerful Dialog
  14. How Traditional Publishing Really Works
  15. Publishing Indie
  16. How to Make a Million—Strategies for Middle Grade, Young Adult, Genre Writers
  17. Screenwriting and the Film Business
  18. The Hollywood Greenlighting Process
  19. How films are Financed, Produced, and Distributed
  20. Income Streams for Writers
  21. And more!

What's the price?

The price for taking the full class will be $997, which is a little less than the charge for taking three full college credit hours at today’s rates. The price for auditing will be $497.

I hope you join us. Over the years I've had dozens of writers say, "I wish I could have been in that 318R class." Well, now you can, but I can't guarantee that this will go on forever.

Thank you all for the overwhelming response! In our Fall and Winter classes we completely filled our “live” seats , and we reached our maximum of “Audit” seats. We expect to do the same for the Fall of 2022.

A Note After Our 2021 Enrollment

We are so grateful for the interest of writers from across the globe, and were disappointed that we had to turn away people after seats were filled. Due to the several dozens of people who emailed me, expressing interest, I have decided to hold this class again in 2022.

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