Benicia Literary Arts presents Deconstructing Chinatown, a master class in character and plot with critically-acclaimed author David Corbett. Benicia Literary Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together authors and the community.
David will lead a writing workshop on October 6, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Benicia, California, Upstairs at the First Street Café, 440 First Street. The fee is $50 in advance and $60 on the day of the workshop and includes a continental breakfast.
To register by mail, send a check and your name, phone, and email to Benicia Literary Arts Registration, c/o The Benicia Herald, 820 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510. For more information, contact board member Kristine Mietzner at 707-319-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
David notes, “Almost everything you need to know about writing a great story can be learned from wisely analyzing the classic, entertaining film Chinatown — which students will come to recognize as a modern update of Oedipus the King by Sophocles." David will lead the class in a group analysis of the story to explore such techniques as:
-Understanding how character determines plot.
-Orchestrating the opposition from an offstage opponent.
-Employing "four-corner conflict" to create moral complexity.
-Developing a symbol system to underscore your thematic concerns.
-Using subtext in dialog.
The author’s forthcoming book, The Art of Character: Mastering the Craft of Characterization for Fiction, Film, and TV, is scheduled for publication by Penguin Books in January 2013. Read more about the author at www.davidcorbett.com.
Benicia Literary Arts gladly accepts donations. For more information on events and submissions, please visit the Benicia Literary Arts website at www.benicialit.org.