Dave Wolverton

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Dave Wolverton
BornJohn David Wolverton
1957 (age 63–64)
Monroe, Oregon, U.S.
Pen nameDavid Farland
OccupationWriter, Writing Teacher
Genrescience fiction, fantasy, historical fiction
Notable worksRunelords, Nightingale, Ravenspell

Dave Wolverton (born 30 May 1957), better known by his pen name David Farland is an American author, editor, and instructor of online writing workshops, and groups. He writes in several genres but is known best for his science fiction and fantasy works. His Runelords series have hit the New York Times bestsellers list. In 1987 he won the Writers of the Future contest, and has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award. He lives in St. George, Utah with his wife and five children and is best known for his novels, editing and online writing courses.


Wolverton began writing during college and entered short stories into various contests. His career took off in 1987 when he won the first place in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest for his novel On My Way to Paradise which went on to also win the Philip K. Dick Award for "Best Novel in the English Language".

Wolverton became a judge for that contest in 1991. In addition, he edited the annual anthology before passing on the role to Algis Budrys.

He has won several awards for his work. His historical novel In the Company of Angels won the Whitney Award for best novel of the year.[1] In 2012, his young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale won the International Book Award for best Young Adult Novel of the Year,[2] the Grand Prize at The Hollywood Book Festival,[3] and the Southern California Book Festival for Best Young Adult Novel.[4] It was also a finalist in the Global Ebook Awards.[5]

He has been nominated for other awards, including the Nebula Award in the Best Novellette category for his short story "After a Lean Winter."

In the summer of 1998 Dave Wolverton broke the world record for the most book signings in one sitting, which he achieved with A Very Strange Trip.[citation needed]

Wolverton has also worked as an English professor of creative writing at Brigham Young University. Today, he holds writing workshops for aspiring and established writers. He has taught writers Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George, Eric Flint, James Dashner, as well as others.[6]

He has worked in the gaming industry and in Hollywood. In 1998, Wolverton started working part-time at Saffire studios, helping create video games. He is responsible for the concept of "lurkers" in the well-known RTS (Real-time strategy) game Starcraft: Brood War. In 2002, Wolverton began working as a movie producer and also greenlighted movies.[7] He is working on a film adaptation of his Runelords series.[8]

Under his pseudonym David Farland, he writes fantasy, leaving his real name for his science fiction novels.


The Runelords[edit]

Serpent Catch[edit]

  • Spirit Walker (2014)
  • Serpent Catch (2014)
  • Blade Kin (2014)
  • Path of the Crushed Heart (2014)

Golden Queen[edit]

  • The Golden Queen (1994)
  • Beyond the Gate (1995)
  • Lords of the Seventh Swarm (1997)


  • Of Mice and Magic
  • The Wizard of Ooze
  • Freaky Flyday

Star Wars[edit]

  • The Courtship of Princess Leia

Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice[edit]

  • The Rising Force (1999)
  • The Hidden Past (1999) (with Jude Watson)

Star Wars: Adventures[edit]

  • The Hunt for Anakin Skywalker (2003)
  • Trouble on Tatooine (2003)

Anthologies contributed to[edit]

Writers of the Future[edit]

  • L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXVIII (2012) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXIX (2013) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30 (2014) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 31 (2015) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 32 (2016) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 (2017) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34 (2018) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35 (2019) (with L Ron Hubbard)
  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36 (2020)

Teaching history[edit]

Mr. Farland is one of the world's most prominent and highly sought-after writing instructors. He is the lead judge (above Orson Scott Card and Tim Powers) for L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest.

Over the course of the past 30 years he has trained hundreds of #1 Bestsellers including:

"I still use the writing techniques he discussed, and constantly reference him and his instruction when I teach creative writing myself. . . His explanations led me directly to getting an agent, and subsequently, my first book deal."—Brandon Sanderson

"When I reached the end of this first volume and sawgrace arise from a devastating battlefield where too many great hearts lay dead, Farland had earned the tears that came to my eyes. It was not sentiment but epiphany."—Orson Scott Card

"He understands storytelling and writing on a freaky level. All of us feel like we owe a huge debt to him."—James Dashner



  1. ^ "2009 Winners". Whitney Awards. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "The 2012 International Book Awards". International Book Awards. Archived from the original on December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Hollywood Book Festival Names Nightingale for Top Honors". Hollywood Book Festival. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  4. ^ "2012 Southern California Book Festival Names Winners". The Southern California Book Festival. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "2012 Global Ebook Awards Finalists". Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "David Farland's Writing Workshops". David Farland. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "About David Farland". David Farland. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Runelords Movie". Retrieved December 5, 2012.

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