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David Corbett

Writer Unboxed

David is a monthly contributor to Writer Unboxed, named by Writer's Digest for ten years running as one of the ten best blogs for writers. His postings appear on the second Friday of every month. He's joined there by such distinguished writers, editors, teachers, and agents as Jane Friedman, Donald Maass, Lisa Cron, James Scott Bell, Barbara O'Neal, Dave King, Heather Webb, Ray Rhamey, and many more.
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San Francisco's Annual Multi-Week/Multi-Location Literary Festival
David moderated two panels:
Watch David interview Norwegian author Kjell Ola Dahl and German author Ulla Lenze about their recent novels. The program, presented via Zoom, was titled "Europe in Turmoil: Historical Fiction From World War II.”
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Contemporary Jewish Museum
David moderated a panel on the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing an MFA in creative writing with Faith Adiele, Shayla Lawson, Cara Black, and Alia Volz.

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Disney Plus


CULPRITS—a collaborative novel David took part in along with Brett Battles, Richard Brewer, Joe Clifford, Gar Anthony Haywood, Jessica Kaye, Gary Phillips, Manual Ramos, and Zoe Sharp—has been optioned and picked up for production by Disney+ as one of its premier offerings on its U.K. platform.

From Variety:
"BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright ("Happy Valley," "Gentleman Jack"), "Killing Eve" producer Sally Woodward Gentle and producers Faith Penhale ("Les Miserables") and Stephen Garrett ("The Night Manager") are among the creatives behind Disney Plus' first scripted slate out of the U.K."

"Star Original "Culprits" is a dark comedy heist series from filmmaker J Blakeson ("I Care A Lot," "The Disappearance of Alice Creed"). The show follows what happens after a heist, when the crew have gone their separate ways, but are being targeted by a killer one-by-one. Created and directed by Blakeson, the series is executive produced by Garrett and produced by Morenike Williams ("Killing Eve"). Culprits is a Character 7 production. Noting that work began on "Culprits" a couple of years ago, Garrett said, "We are immensely proud that Disney Plus have decided to make it one of their platform-defining shows. The additional thrill for me is that I'm working with a writer-director at the very top of his game."

The Art of Character has arrived in China!

The Art of Character Chinese

Upcoming Story: David will be providing a story for the third edition of Low Down Dirty Vote, scheduled to appear in Spring 2022. This is a story anthology edited by Mysti Berry, the proceeds of which benefit the efforts by Marc Elias and Democracy Docket to protect voting rights and access to the ballot nationwide. This year's edition bears the premise: "The Color of My Vote."



David's short story, "The Murderer's Paradox" (from arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty's point of view), is included in this masterful collection, In League with Sherlock Holmes, edited by Laurie King and Les Klinger. More information here.

In League with Sherlock Holmess


David interviewed James Lee Burke in connection with his latest Dave Robicheaux novel, A Private Cathedral, for Authors on the Air. To listen to a recording of the interview, go here.



David's next book on the craft of writing, The Compass of Character, will appear in November, 2019 from Writer's Digest Books. More information here.

Compass of Character


The Spanish-language edition of The Art of Character is now available! To purchase or for more information, go here.

Art of Character


The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday was nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. (The winner will be announced at Left Coast Crime in Vancouver, BC on March 30th.)

David joined the delightful Gabriela Pereira on DIYMFA, her amazing podcast dedicated to the writing craft, and discussed among other things:

To hear the podcast, go here.



The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday was named a Top Pick of 2018 by reviewer L. Dean Murphy at Bookreporter.


Mysteristas published an online interview with David, where he discussed the new book, the writing life, and the women who inspired Lisa Balamaro, the protagonist in The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday.

Writer's Digest published this online extra in conjunction with David's article, "No More Mr. Nice Guys," about redeeming so-called unlikable characters, which appears in its September 2018 issue. He discusses the moral argument known as Pathos, and one particularly repellent character who nonetheless is fascinating—Frank Freidmaier from Georges Simenon's classic 1946 novel, Dirty Snow.


David's latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday, hit bookshelves nationwide. For more, go here.


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David in good company at Craftfest Luncheon, Thrillerfest, July 11, 2018, Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York
Left to Right: Meg Gardiner, David Morrell, Gabriela Pereira, me, person unknown, and Steven James


Read an excerpt from David's latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday published in Narrative Magazine. (The excerpt is the opening letter from Doc to his cousin Mattie, written shortly after the Gunfight at the OK Corral.)


Read David's writing tips as delivered to Damyanti Biswas on her blog, Damyanti Writes

Stay posted: David will be doing a number of guest blog appearances in connection with the release of his latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday.