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David Corbett

David Corbett is the award-winning author of four novels: The Devil's Redhead; Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book); Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar); and Do They Know I'm Running? His fifth novel, The Mercy of the Night, will appear in April 2015. David's short fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines and anthologies, with pieces twice selected for Best American Mystery Stories. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Narrative, Zyzzyva, MovieMaker, Bright Lights, The Writer, Writer's Digest, and numerous other venues. In January 2013 Penguin published his textbook on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character which Cheryl Strayed noted "— will rest close at hand on writers' desks for many years to come."

David has taught both online and in classroom settings through the UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, Book Passage, LitReactor, 826 Valencia, The Grotto in San Francisco, Author's Learning Center, and at numerous writing conferences in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Students attending his master class can expect an informed and inspiring engagement with the material. He believes deeply in a workshop atmosphere that is both demanding and collegial, focused but trusting. As one student once said on her teacher evaluation: "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."

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