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 Corbett 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?
David Corbett -- contributing editor to
Writer's Digest and author of
The Art of Character ("a writer's bible") -- will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.
Before becoming a novelist, David Corbett spent fifteen years as an investigator for the San Francisco private detective agency Palladino & Sutherland, working on several high-profile cases. In 1995, he left to help his wife set up her own law firm, and in 2000 he sold his first novel,
The Devil's Redhead, a thriller about a reformed pot smuggler trying to save his ex-girlfriend from the deadly consequences of her own misguided sympathy. Corbett's second novel,
Done for a Dime (2003), begins with the murder of a blues legend and turns into a battle for the soul of a small town. It was a
New York Times Notable Book and was nominated for a Macavity Award from Mystery Readers International. Next came
Blood of Paradise (2007), which was nominated for the Edgar and numerous other awards. It was named both a
San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and one of the Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007 by the
Washington Post. Corbett's fourth novel, the critically acclaimed
Do They Know I'm Running? (2010), tells of a young Salvadoran-American's harrowing journey to El Salvador to retrieve his deported uncle. It received the Spinetingler Award, Best Novel: Rising Star Category. Corbett's fifth and most recent novel,
The Mercy of the Night, appeared in 2015, along with a companion novella,
The Devil Prayed and
Darkness Fell. He has also contributed chapters to the two Harry Middleton serial novels. Corbett's most recent book, a collection of short stories titled
Thirteen Confessions (2016), is offered exclusively through Mysterious Press and Open Road Media.