SEMINARS & CLASSES
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.
See David's free, two-hour online video workshop (David's lecture begins at the 10:20 mark.)
2 0 1 5 SEMINARS
May 19 to June 16
4-WEEK ONLINE CLASS THROUGH LITREACTOR
The Craft of Character II
In this extension of David's previous Craft of Character classes, students will explore how to bring real human depth and complexity to your characters by conceiving backstories through life-altering scenes, rather than lifeless information. You will learn how to move beyond role—protagonist, opponent, sidekick, conscience figure, love interest, etc.—to the personal characteristics that make fulfillment of that role not just possible, but necessary. You will also learn to identify the key backstory issues that will generate the story questions crucial to a compelling narrative arc.
David's writing assignments will guide you in putting your new skills 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.
You don't need to have taken David's first class to take this one. All you need is a desire to write—and to take your characters to the next level.
Thursday, July 23, 1:00-3:30 PM
Sub-genre Subtleties: How to Meet, Exceed, and Transcend Reader Expectations in the Mystery-Crime-Thriller Genre
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
The Mystery-Crime-Thriller genre is in fact comprised of numerous sub-genres—police procedural, PI novel, amateur sleuth, crime, comedic crime, the criminal as hero, noir, psychological suspense, adventure thriller, etc.—each with its own thematic emphasis and story demands. In this seminar and workshop, David will guide students through a deeper understanding of the various nuances of these sub-genres in order to ensure the fulfillment of reader expectations, with a concluding look at what it means to "transcend the genre," and how to go about it.
Although this is a "pre-conference" class that will take place immediately before the Mystery Writers Conference, the class is open to the general public as well as conference participants.
To learn more and to register, go here.
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.
Sunday, October 4, 10 AM-4 PM
The Final Polish
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
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.
"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
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."
- "MORE DAVID CORBETT!"