SEMINARS & CLASSES
Praise for David's workshops:
2 0 1 3 SEMINARS
ONLINE WRITERS CONFERENCE
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Join David in this workshop on creating characters with depth. You will learn how to build an intuitive connection with your characters through an informed understanding of your own past, and how to use that bridge to create compelling backstories that bring your tale to life. You will also discover the deep reservoirs of material even a seemingly uneventful life avails. David will discuss the crucial role of both helplessness and willfulness in exploring character, and how these seemingly contradictory inclinations are crucial in creating complex and engaging characters. He will also explore ways to heighten conflict in your story through a better understanding of the emotional stakes. By the end of the class, you'll walk away with a healthy start on your next novel and a deeper understanding of your characters, your story—and yourself.
In this 4-week course and workshop, David will guide students through an exploration of how to frame the conflict in a story through compelling, essential characters. The class will first explore the two crucial roles creating the "Unity of Opposites," the core conflict at the heart of the story: the Protagonist and the Opponent. This exploration will include establishing the battle of moral visions driving the action—the premise and the counter-premise—as well as understanding the values the characters honor and the worlds they seek to create, defend, or maintain. Next, students will learn how to develop those moral visions and worlds through the secondary characters, with specific attention to their dramatic roles and functions, with an eye toward establishing "Four-Corner Conflict" in order to create moral complexity and heightened suspense and dramatic tension. Finally, the class will explore how to use structure to tighten and underscore the conflict created through the characters, with special attention to tackling specific story structure problems: the love story, the mystery, and stories lacking an opponent, among others.
IN-PERSON CLASS & WORKSHOP
Aristotle believed that plot was the most important and difficult challenge the writer faced. But by plot he meant the architecture of change in the hero's fortunes. Character and structure are inextricably linked, and it is through structure that most of a story's meaning is imparted. In this two-day class and workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate how the architecture of story, when properly understood, deepens our understanding of character, and how integrating character with story helps the writer avoid both formulaic plotting and episodic meandering. Special attention will be paid to individual student projects, with the goal of fashioning a strong narrative arc for each student's work-in-progress.
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: