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The Dramatic Writer S Companion Second Edition

Author : Will Dunne
ISBN : 9780226494111
Genre : Reference
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In just eight years, The Dramatic Writer’s Companion has become a classic among playwrights and screenwriters. Thousands have used its self-contained character, scene, and story exercises to spark creativity, hone their writing, and improve their scripts. Having spent decades working with dramatists to refine and expand their existing plays and screenplays, Dunne effortlessly blends condensed dramatic theory with specific action steps—over sixty workshop-tested exercises that can be adapted to virtually any individual writing process and dramatic script. Dunne’s in-depth method is both instinctual and intellectual, allowing writers to discover new actions for their characters and new directions for their stories. The exercises can be used by those just starting the writing process and by those who have scripts already in development. With each exercise rooted in real-life issues from Dunne’s workshops, readers of this companion will find the combined experiences of more than fifteen hundred workshops in a single guide. This second edition is fully aligned with a brand-new companion book, Character, Scene, and Story, which offers forty-two additional activities to help writers more fully develop their scripts. The two books include cross-references between related exercises, though each volume can also stand alone. No ordinary guide to plotting, this handbook centers on the principle that character is key. “The character is not something added to the scene or to the story,” writes Dunne. “Rather, the character is the scene. The character is the story.” With this new edition, Dunne’s remarkable creative method will continue to be the go-to source for anyone hoping to take their story to the stage.

Character Scene And Story

Author : Will Dunne
ISBN : 9780226393506
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book is a sequel to The Dramatic Writer's Companion by Will Dunne, master teacher of playwrights, screenwriters, and anyone working on dramatic scripts. Following the format of its predecessor, it is divided into three major sections on character, scene, and story and consists of more than 40 new workshop-tested exercises to help writers zero in on and solve specific problems in their scripts. The book is fully linked to The Dramatic Writer's Companion and allows readers to find related exercises of interest in that volume, though it can also be used as a stand-alone resource.

The Architecture Of Story

Author : Will Dunne
ISBN : 9780226181912
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This new book from the author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion approaches some of the same issues as its predecessor but from a slightly different angle. It offers playwrights, screenwriters, and other dramatic writers in-depth analysis of the dramatic architecture of three award-winning contemporary American plays: Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. Each relatively brief chapter is devoted to a specific story element--from "Characters" and "Main Event" to "Emotional Environment" and "Back Story"--with subsections that break down this element in each of the plays. Readers can choose to read across the chapters to follow the analysis of each play, but the structure gives primary emphasis to the story elements, comparing and contrasting how different writers have successfully handled them. Each chapter ends with a set of questions to help readers analyze and develop that element in their own work.

Playwriting Seminars 2 0

Author : Richard Toscan
ISBN : 9780615608211
Genre : Performing Arts
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Playwriting Seminars is "a treasure-trove of information, philosophy, and inspiration" (Theatre Journal), "an absolutely essential guide to all aspects of playwriting and a valuable whitewater raft trip down the rapids of Hollywood screenwriting" (Magellan), and "a terrific learning environment for writers" (WebCrawler Select). It was also a recommended resource for playwrights at New Dramatists (NYC). The Handbook's initial concepts came from the author's work with Lucasfilm and the BBC. It was originally developed for playwrights and screenwriters, but has since been used by writers of fiction and nonfiction books. This new edition covers all aspects of writing full-length plays with an expanded treatment of screenwriting for Hollywood and independent film as well as diagrams of key elements of dramatic structure. Playwriting techniques are explained with many examples from classic and contemporary plays performed today by America's regional theatres as well as on Broadway and Off-Broadway. The 392 page Handbook explains the interconnections between characters and plot and the importance of subtext to character development in the contemporary theatre (what characters don't tell us matters as much as what they say in dialogue). Key exercises are included for developing "voice" as a writer and for creating the essential dual plot structure that supports intriguing characters in today's theatre. Many professionals in theatre and film are quoted on key parts of the art and craft of playwriting and screenwriting to help explain effective techniques. Special sections of the Handbook focus on getting inspiration and avoiding writer's block, editing first drafts, professional script formats for theatre and film (including software), how to launch new scripts, putting together submission packages for theatres and competitions, how to write an effective script synopsis and writer's bio, working with directors, actors and agents, how to survive audience "talkbacks" following readings and workshop productions, methods to adjust your playwriting skills for screenwriting and television work, and options for making a living at the craft of dramatic writing.

A More Perfect Ten

Author : Gary Garrison
ISBN : 9781585104574
Genre : Performing Arts
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A More Perfect Ten is a revision of Gary Garrison's pioneering book on writing and producing the 10-minute play, and it is now the most authoritative book on this emerging play form. The 10-minute play has become a regular feature of theatre companies and festivals from coast to coast, and Garrison has distilled the advice of many of those people who had been instrumental in promoting the ten minute play for the last few years. Replete with advice and tips on creating the successful 10-minute play, and cautions for avoiding the pitfalls, this new edition also includes addresses for the biggest and most important 10-minute festival opportunities, new sample 10-minute plays and questions for thought and discussion, and sample layout templates for laying out the play for submission. The savvy playwright at any level of skill can use this little book to great advantage. Plus Gary Garrison is warm, funny, irreverent, and essential.

The Playwright S Workbook

Author : Jean-Claude van Italie
ISBN : 9781476844831
Genre : Performing Arts
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(Applause Books). A series of 13 written workshops covering: conflict and character: the dominant image: Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller; Overheard voices: Ibsen and Shakespeare; The solo performance piece: listening for stories; Terror and vulnerability: Ionesco; The point of absurdity: creating without possessing: Pinter and Beckett; and much more.

A Masterclass In Dramatic Writing

Author : Janet Neipris
ISBN : 9781317421122
Genre : Performing Arts
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A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing addresses all three genres of dramatic writing - for theatre, film and TV - in a comprehensive, one-semester, 14-week masterclass for the dramatic writer. Including new material alongside revised, extended selections from Janet Neipris' original and much loved book To Be A Playwright, this volume takes the writer week-by-week up to a first draft and rewrite of a dramatic work. Brand new chapters include: Beginnings Focus and Theme Comedy Writing for Television To Be A Dramatic Writer Adding these to selections on Character, Dialogue, Fifty Questions, Endings, and Rewriting, Neipris has created a stunningly useful text which works across genres. If your goal is a completed script to be proud of, you can have no more authoritative, inspiring and careful guide than Janet Neipris.

The Architecture Of Story

Author : Will Dunne
ISBN : 9780226181912
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 21. 34 MB
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This new book from the author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion approaches some of the same issues as its predecessor but from a slightly different angle. It offers playwrights, screenwriters, and other dramatic writers in-depth analysis of the dramatic architecture of three award-winning contemporary American plays: Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. Each relatively brief chapter is devoted to a specific story element--from "Characters" and "Main Event" to "Emotional Environment" and "Back Story"--with subsections that break down this element in each of the plays. Readers can choose to read across the chapters to follow the analysis of each play, but the structure gives primary emphasis to the story elements, comparing and contrasting how different writers have successfully handled them. Each chapter ends with a set of questions to help readers analyze and develop that element in their own work.

Participating In Plays Skits And Debates With Cool New Digital Tools

Author : Barbara Gottfried Hollander
ISBN : 9781477718384
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Many teens enjoy theater arts and debate and grow intellectually, creatively, and socially from their experiences in these areas. Today technological tools offer exciting options for play, skit, and debate participation. Readers learn how to use digital tools to help them research, plan, write, and present their own theater and debate material. The author presents easy-to-use, inexpensive apps and tools they can use throughout the process, from brainstorming ideas to tracking audience responses. Further, digitally savvy actors and debaters fulfill the Common Core Standard of using technology to interact and collaborate with others and to produce and publish their writing.

Playwriting In Process

Author : Michael Wright
ISBN : 1585103403
Genre : Performing Arts
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Written to encourage new and experienced playwrights to build techniques for a greater range of creative expression in writing for the stage, the book uses exercises or etudes to help guide the playwrights towards an understanding of thinking and working theatrically. The etudes are designed to get writers writing and to encourage them to develop and further their creative processes. It is the experience of the creating and not copying (from famous writers) their own plots and characters that is emphasized through out.

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