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Application deadline for my BYU creative writing class is Monday


It’s that time again, so I’m just going to post the same thing I did last year.

Many of you know that I teach a creative writing class at Brigham Young University once per year, Thursday evenings each Winter semester. As an undergraduate I took this class from David Farland when he was teaching it, and it was invaluable to me as a budding writer. When Dave moved on, I took over the class as I feel that it’s important to give back to the community and foster the next generation of great fantasy/science fiction writers.

As you can imagine, it has been a popular class that’s very difficult for students to register for—it often filled up on the first day of registration, and often only graduate students (who get to register earlier than undergraduates) would make it into the class. Starting last year we tried something different that worked well, so we’re continuing that this year. The class is broken into two parts—one class just for the lectures, and another class for the workshopping portion. The lecture class is open enrollment (both classes are only for registered daytime or evening students of Brigham Young University), and the workshopping class is by application only. As of today the lecture class is already full with a long waiting list, but I haven’t yet made any decisions on which applications I will accept for the workshopping class.

The application deadline for the workshopping class is Monday, December 22nd, and I’m mentioning it here in the blog because at this point not all that many applications have been submitted. My assistant Peter is wondering if everyone is waiting until the last minute, or if many prospective students think the competition will be too fierce.

Whatever the case may be, here’s your reminder, all BYU students who like writing fantasy and science fiction: the application deadline is Monday.


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