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    The central question for any character — what does she want — needs to be realistically complex to create a truly memorable depiction. In this pair of 90-minute workshops, award-winning author David Corbett (The Art of Character, The Compass of Character) will guide students in an examination of the four key counteracting forces tugging the character’s willfulness in different directions: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire. This understanding will inform the uneasy truce the character has established between pursuing the promise of life and protecting herself from the pain of life. From there, the class will explore how to conceptualize and interweave the character’s three main struggle threads: internal, external, and interpersonal. Students will also learn how to probe the character’s past for the central story theme that past suggests, and how to dramatize those instances when the character is mistaken or misguided in what she wants and/or why she wants it.

    DAVID CORBETT is the award-winning author of six novels, including The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. His work has been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Shamus, and Spinetingler Awards as well (the last of which he somehow managed to win), and his second novel,Done for a Dime, was a New York Times Notable Book, which Patrick Anderson of the Washington Post described as “one of the three or four best crime novels I have ever read.” Corbett’s short fiction has twice been selected for Best American Mystery Stories. His non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, and other outlets, including Writer’s Digest, where he is a contributing editor. He has written two writing guides, The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible” – Elizabeth Brundage) and The Compass of Character; has taught at the UCLA Writer’s Program, Litreactor, and at writing conferences across North America; and is a monthly contributor to Writer Unboxed, an award-winning blog dedicated to the craft and business of fiction.

    Register for this online workshop at https://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/product/fiction-workshop-with-david-corbett/
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