Brandon Sanderson is one of the most influential fantasy writers today. His books have taken the standard epic fantasy genre and breathed new life into it. His fresh approach has made me a definite fan and I try and read everything he writes. Apart from writing he also teaches a creative writing class at Brigham Young University where each lecture is filmed and made publicly available. I came across his series a few years ago and have now watched the latest ones filmed in 2016, which are very well produced. Below is the introduction to the series.
These video lectures are an invaluable resource to authors, both published and those seeking publication. They look at characterization, setting and plotting as well as delving into areas that all authors should be aware of when it comes to creating your platform and what to expect in publishing contracts. I have this series bookmarked and each time I revisit them I find something new. Each video also has links in the description for resources that you should look at which are applicable to each lecture making this series a must for any author who is serious about a career in this industry.