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Praise from a distinguished former student:

"Your class was wonderful! I took away so much from our work together and I still refer to my notes. It was worth every minute I spent on the 405, and that's saying a lot—it was four hours every Monday night, two each way between class and home! I've ordered The Art of Character and will keep it close at hand as I work on novel #2."
   —Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan's Inheritance (a #1 Indie Pick April 2015)

For more about Aline and her wonderful debut novel, listen to her interview with Lynn Neary on NPR's Weekend Edition.

David's lecture, "The Character of Crime," given at CraftFest in July, 2015, is available as an mp3 download through VW Tapes (along with recordings of all the other sessions and panels). CD format also available. To purchase David's lecture, go here.

See David's free, two-hour online video workshop (David's lecture begins at the 10:20 mark.)

2 0 1 7 SEMINARS

Sunday, January 29, 10 AM-4 PM
The Final Polish
Book Passage
55 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA
You've finished and revised your manuscript and believe it's ready to send it out. But in today's competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique is the voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are the main characters? How high are the stakes? (Manuscripts and synopses must be submitted by January 22nd.)
Go here to register.

Wednesday, February 15-Sunday, February 19
San Miguel de Allende Writers' Conference
David will be teaching three regular workshops, two intensive workshops, and giving individual consultations during this utterly unique international writers' festival.
For more on David's workshops, go here.
To register, go here.

Tuesday, March 14-Tuesday April 11
The Craft of Character

You can't sustain a book or a story without compelling characters. Vivid settings are good. Clever plot twists can keep people engaged. But if your reader can't identify with your characters, can't find something to project themselves on to, the game is over before it's started.

David Corbett has written incredibly rich characters in novels like The Devil's Redhead and Blood of Paradise. And he's an immensely-talented teacher, with the ability to deliver writing lessons in a clear, in-depth manner.

He recently took his teaching to the next level with the release of The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV. This guide has already earned a ton of accolades—every one of them deserved.

This four-week, hands-on writing intensive is a practical lesson on how to craft compelling characters and bring them to life on the page.

In this course you'll explore the dramatic roles and functions that characters can assume in a story. Then you'll learn how to shape language to depict that variety of characters. Finally, you'll develop techniques for creating compelling scenes and fluid dialog to make those characters come to life.

Along the way, David's writing assignments will guide you in putting these tools into practice, and his detailed review and insightful analysis of your work, in addition to helpful critiques from your classmates, will solidify your command of the material.

In addition, opportunities for questions and discussion will be available throughout the course.

To register, go here.

Saturday, July 8, 10 AM - 4 PM
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Advice so simple it can't possibly be right: Just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems can be solved by a clearer command of the story you're trying to tell. In this one-day workshop, David will lead the class in reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with a one-page novel synopsis) and discussing them in detail to reveal how a focus on story guides the revision process. (Manuscript and synopsis submissions are due no later than July 1st.)
To register, go here.

"Just wanted to drop a note to say thanks for a terrific workshop. Your suggestions and insights were extremely helpful. I love your passion and appreciate that you love what you do. After leaving on Saturday, I felt that the chances of my book being published increased significantly.
Again, many thanks and best wishes for a joyful journey."
—Richard Rachlin, on The Outer Limits of Inner Life

Student/Client Praise

The following is a small sample of student and client appreciation in response to both classroom and online courses I've taught and manuscript critiques I've provided:

  • "I LOVED this class. The material was perfect—his lectures showed me how to look at things like arc and characterization in a whole new way—and the organization was right on the money. This is the best $500 I have ever spent."

  • "Awesome class. The material presented was perfect. Top-notch."

  • "The class touched my soul—Mr. Corbett is honest, authentic, and has a genuine passion for the process. He listened, remembered our individual pieces and asked probing and informed questions. The class was an experience of pure creativity."


  • "Hands down, the most enjoyable, beneficial course on writing I have ever taken, and I've taken many."

  • "I learned tips about forming characters that went untouched in conferences where I have paid a substantial registration/workshop fee and gone home disappointed."

  • "He brought inspiration AND instruction."

  • "Excellent thinker and teacher."


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