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SISTERS IN CRIME DESERT SLEUTHS CHAPTER and PHOENIX COLLEGE- PRESENTS “Building Unforgettable Stories from Compelling Characters”



“Building Unforgettable Stories from Compelling Characters”


Date and Time: March 3, 2018 – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Phoenix CollegeOsborn SiteWillo Conference Room – 
3310 N. 10th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013 – (NE corner of 11th Ave & Flower)

In this one-day workshop, award-winning novelist DAVID CORBETT, author of The Art of Character, will guide participants through a variety of techniques that will not only enhance their characterization skills, but deepen their understanding of motivation, conflict, and story. Participants can expect to learn:

  • Where to find inspiration for intriguing characters.
  • How to build compelling characters from the inside out, using the conflict between Yearning and Resistance.
  • How to create compelling back stories, how to use them to create behavior, and when to use that information in the story.
  • How to explore the character’s physical, psychological, and sociological natures for greatest dramatic effect.
  • How to use Secrets, Contradictions, and Vulnerability to intensify reader engagement.
  • Strategies for what to reveal about a character and what to withhold.
  • A methodology for creating meaningful secondary characters, and how to create a character web that maximizes cooperation, competition, and conflict.
  • Specific techniques relevant to the mystery/crime genre—i.e., creating complex heroes and villains, as well as developing secondary characters unique to the genre.


DAVID CORBETT is the Award-Winning author of six novels, including 2015’s The Mercy of the Night and the upcoming The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, as well as the novella The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell, the story collection Thirteen Confessions (2016), and the writing guide The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible” –Elizabeth Brundage). His short fiction has been selected twice for Best American Mystery Stories, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Bright Ideas, and Writer’s Digest, where he is a contributing editor. For more about our instructor, visit: www.davidcorbett.com

Registration Fee: $50.00 for Desert Sleuths Chapter Members, $75.00 for non-members (snacks and lunch included).


For further details and to register, please visit: http://desertsleuths.com/davidcorbettworkshop/

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Carol Test Editor- Offers a NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP at Phoenix College

Carol Test, the Professional Editor who will be providing her expertise to a select number of conference attendees will be holding her next NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP at PHOENIX COLLEGE: You have a story. You throw your heart and your time into writing a draft of your novel – then what? This fall, polish your project into a publication-ready draft Wednesdays evenings at Phoenix College. CRW 271: The Novel Process is a semester-long workshop designed for people who are interested in exploring the art and craft of fiction. In it, writers of all levels learn to draft a novel with a clear, solid structure. The class will focus on outlining, developing narrative shape, creating conflict and work shopping pivotal scenes.

This course works for those just starting a novel as well as those with a number of pages already completed. The only requirement is that each student commit to a single project for the course of the semester. While starting a novel may be easy, finishing one requires confidence and a solid commitment to a long-term project. Please contact Carol for further information: caroltest@gmail.com

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Phoenix College Creative Writing Class-Writing the Mystery/Thriller Novel

     Phoenix College Creative Writing Class: CRW272, Section 47602.  6 p.m to 8:30 p.m.  Wednesday beginning January 21, 2009 through May 13, 2009.  Class limited to 12.  Enroll: (602) 285-7777.

      This accredited class on writing the mystery, thriller, and suspense novels focuses on bringing plotting and writing skills up to contemporary publishing staandards.  Each two-and-a-half-hour class includes in-class writing exerciees, as well as homwork.  By the end of the semester, each studen will have produced the first three chapters of a mystery, thriller or suspense novel, and an agent-ready outline for the full novel. 

      Instructor bio: Before beginning to write mysteries/thrillers full time, Betty Webb spent 20 years as a journalist and interviewed everyone from U.S. presidents, astronaunts who walked on the moon, Nobel Prize winners, as well as the homeless and the dying.  Her best selling Lena Jones mystery series has garnered raved reviews from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other prestigious national publications.  Her work has been collected in anthologies and optioned for a Lifetime TV movie and series.  To date, Betty has published seven critically acclaimed mainstream and mystery novels, as well as thousands of feature articles and syndicated newspaper columns. 

     Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors  Vol. 36. No. 6  Dec. 08-Jan 2009


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