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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 5 SEMINARS

Thursday July 23, 12:00 noon—3:30 PM
Innovative Plotting: Story Over Structure
Book Passage Mystery Conference
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

The key to impactful writing is giving readers what they want in a way they don't expect. Formulaic adherence to three-act structure cannot deliver that surprise. By focusing on story rather than structure, however, you can craft your plot around the use of hope, promise, and necessity to create the truly meaningful, dramatic, and emotionally powerful episodes that make a good story great. With special emphasis on character, co-chair David Corbett will guide participants on the essential starting points for any compelling story, key decision points that turn a story in surprising directions, and touchstone scenes such as the Inciting Incident, the Establishment of Opposites, the Point of No Return, the Mirror Moment, the Crisis of Insight, the Inescapable Decision, the Validation Scene, the Obligatory Scene, and the Climax.

Although this class is being offered as part of the Book Passage Mystery Writers' Conference, you do not need to be a conference attendee to sign up.

Register here.

August 6-8
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
College of the Redwoods/Mendocino College
1211 Del Mar Drive
Fort Bragg, CA

David will be on the faculty of this one-of-a-kind writers conference on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. Each morning he will be leading a master class on "Character is the Engine of Story," and he'll also be giving an afternoon workshop titled, "Beyond Good and Evil: Using Moral Argument to Develop Plot & Character," and serving as the keynote speaker at the conference's concluding dinner.

September 8-October 6
The Craft of Character
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.

For more information or to register, go here.

Sunday, October 4, 10 AM-4 PM
The Final Polish
Book Passage
51 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 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 (10 pages maximum) must be submitted by 9/27.

Saturday, October 24, 10 AM-4 PM
The Character of Plot
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA
Character creates plot—it's that simple—and how the characters change through their actions dictates overall story structure. In this seminar and workshop, David will demonstrate how the fundamental moments of revelation, reversal, insight, and decision that create the main characters' arcs also form the crucial plot turns. Manuscript pages (10 pages, double-spaced) and brief (1-2 page) story synopses will be analyzed for how they demonstrate the evolution of plot through character, and are due by Sept. 12.
Register 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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