The Art of Dramatic Writing

All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as an understanding of human motives—why people act the way that they do.

Author: Lajos Egri

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439123799

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Amid the hundreds of "how-to" books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction. This book does that -- and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters. For it is people -- their private natures and their inter-relationships -- that move a story and give it life. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives. Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward? What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable? Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House? These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes. He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise -- a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior -- and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior. Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Few books attempt to analyze play-construction as well as this book, and its principles and methods are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel, and screenplay.

Author: Lajos Egri

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ISBN: 1773236156

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Page: 322

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Egri's treatise The Art of Dramatic Writing was first published in 1946 and remains today one of the best creative writing "how to" books ever written. It is a concise guide to all forms of creative writing, from premise to characters to plot, with special attention to the heart of any drama which are its characters and their inner natures and inter-relationships that move a story and give it life. Few books attempt to analyze play-construction as well as this book, and its principles and methods are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel, and screenplay.

The Playwright s Guidebook

Moreover, few of these books are actually written by working playwrights. Out of frustration, Spencer wrote his own book. The result, The Playwright's Guidebook, is a clear, concise, and engaging handbook.

Author: Stuart Spencer

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429934212

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

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An accessible, contemporary guide to the art of dramatic writing During the ten years that Stuart Spencer has taught playwriting, he has struggled to find an effective playwriting handbook for his courses. Although most of the currently popular handbooks have good ideas in them, they all suffer from the same problems: they're poorly organized; are composed mostly of quirky, idiosyncratic advice on how specific playwrights have gone about writing their own work; and are full of abstract theorizing on the nature of art. As a result, they fail to offer any concrete information on how to construct a well-written play or any useful guidelines and exercises. Moreover, few of these books are actually written by working playwrights. Out of frustration, Spencer wrote his own book. The result, The Playwright's Guidebook, is a clear, concise, and engaging handbook. Spencer addresses the important principles of structure, includes insightful writing exercises that build upon one another, explores the creative process, and troubleshoots recurrent problems that playwrights actually face.

The Art of Creative Writing

“One of the few truly helpful books on fiction writing.” —Chicago Tribune Go beyond Stephen King’s On Writing to master the fundamentals of great storytelling with this foundational guide that reveals the essential elements of what ...

Author: Lajos Egri

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 9780806541426

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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“One of the few truly helpful books on fiction writing.” —Chicago Tribune Go beyond Stephen King’s On Writing to master the fundamentals of great storytelling with this foundational guide that reveals the essential elements of what makes the best fiction. The Art of Creative Writing is a timeless testament to the power of dialogue and character development that is accessible for every level of writer from beginner to established author. As in the bestselling The Art of Dramatic Writing, still considered one of the most essential books on playwriting more than 75 years after publication, the author outlines in detail his highly acclaimed Egri Method of Creative Writing and shows how to apply it to all fiction formats—novels, short stories, and screenplays. Grounded in Egri’s assertion that “Every type of creative writing depends upon the credibility of a character,” here is concise, clear advice on the most important element of good writing: characterization. Step by step, Egri shows writers how to probe the secrets of human motivation to create flesh-and-blood characters who create suspense and conflict, and who grow emotionally under stress and strain. As practical as it is inspiring, The Art of Creative Writing remains a timeless, illuminating guide that teaches every writer, and aspiring writer, how to create works that are both compelling and enduring.

The Art Of Writing Drama

Throughout the text, Wandor draws on her extensive experience as both playwright and teacher of creative writing to provide a guide that is both a scholarly and an immensely practical guide to writing for the theatre.

Author: Michelene Wandor

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408141328

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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The Art of Writing Drama is an indispensable textbook for wherever writing for the stage is taught, but also serves as a foundational book for any student taking courses in performance media - radio, television and film. Coupling theory with practice, the book opens with a survey of the current methodologies of teaching playwriting and of textual analysis. The theories of Bakhtin, Foucault and Derrida are examined as are the agendas of play reviewers from the national press. In the second section of the book, a wealth of guidance with practical exercises on the skills of writing for the stage is provided. Throughout the text, Wandor draws on her extensive experience as both playwright and teacher of creative writing to provide a guide that is both a scholarly and an immensely practical guide to writing for the theatre.

Playwriting Seminars 2 0

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.

Author: Richard Toscan

Publisher: Franz Press

ISBN: 9780615608211

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

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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.

Playwright s Guidebook An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing

Moreover, few of these books are actually written by working playwrights. Out of frustration, Spencer wrote his own book. The result, The Playwright's Guidebook, is a clear, concise, and engaging handbook.

Author: Stuart Spencer

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 1417716622

Category: Performing Arts

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An accessible, contemporary guide to the art of dramatic writing During the ten years that Stuart Spencer has taught playwriting, he has struggled to find an effective playwriting handbook for his courses. Although most of the currently popular handbooks have good ideas in them, they all suffer from the same problems: they're poorly organized; are composed mostly of quirky, idiosyncratic advice on how specific playwrights have gone about writing their own work; and are full of abstract theorizing on the nature of art. As a result, they fail to offer any concrete information on how to construct a well-written play or any useful guidelines and exercises. Moreover, few of these books are actually written by working playwrights. Out of frustration, Spencer wrote his own book. The result, The Playwright's Guidebook, is a clear, concise, and engaging handbook. Spencer addresses the important principles of structure, includes insightful writing exercises that build upon one another, explores the creative process, and troubleshoots recurrent problems that playwrights actually face.

The Art of Playwriting

things such as expressivism , constructivism , etc. , don't really effect dramatic art . That marches steadily on , growing out ... Personally I believe that great realism --- realism at its bestis the highest form of dramatic writing .

Author: Jesse Lynch Williams

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512808933

Category: Drama

Page: 134

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A discussion of technique, audience, inspiration, production, and construction in playwriting by prominent authorities in the field. The Mask and Wig Foundation

The State of the Art

Teaching Drama in the 21st Century Michael Anderson, Colleen Roche. I would like to acknowledge and thank ... New playwriting strategies: a language based approach to playwriting. New York: Routledge. ... The art of dramatic writing.

Author: Michael Anderson

Publisher: Sydney University Press

ISBN: 9781743320280

Category: Education

Page: 182

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The State of the Art: Teaching Drama in the 21st Century presents cutting-edge scholarship from leading drama education researchers in New South Wales. This collection features discussions that are directly relevant to drama teachers in primary and secondary schools, artists and theatre makers, and drama education researchers.

Teaching Playwriting

The Elements of Playwriting. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc. Douhit, L. M. (1990). The Teaching of Playwriting: As Observed in Fourteen Twentieth-Century American Playwriting Books. Master of Arts, University of Arizona.

Author: Paul Gardiner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474288033

Category: Drama

Page: 264

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Playwriting is a skill under-explored in the classroom, despite the strong evidence that it's an engaging and rewarding activity for young people. Teaching Playwriting addresses this gap and is an essential resource for teachers wanting to gain the skills and confidence necessary to introduce playwriting to their students. Based on rich research and clearly explained theoretical concepts, the book explores the lessons from creativity theory that will provide the teacher with the skills and knowledge necessary to empower students' writing and creativity. It also includes extensive practical activities and writing exercises to develop students' playwriting proficiency and creative capacity. Discussing key concepts in playwriting such as idea, dialogue, character, action and structure, the book enables teachers to respond to the unique learning needs of their students and help them tell their stories and reach their potential as young playwrights.

The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing

He offers several seminal works on writing drama : Lajos Egri . The Art of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives . New York : Simon and Schuster , 1960 . Robert McKee .

Author: Leonard Goss

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 0805432647

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 267

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An insider's view of Christian publishing that addresses topics that include agents, editors, industry trends, developing a book proposal, and more.

Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark

Film & TV Fond's Nordic TV Drama Masterclass 'There is Something Going on' in November 2009 and at the European TV ... in The Art of Dramatic Writing (1946, 1960) and The Art of Creative Writing (1965) as one source of inspiration.

Author: Eva Novrup Redvall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137288417

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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Offering unique insights into the writing and production of television drama series such as The Killing and Borgen, produced by DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Novrup Redvall explores the creative collaborations in writers' rooms and 'production hotels' through detailed case studies of Denmark's public service production culture.

The Art and Science of Screenwriting

Secker and Warburg A detailed look at images and montage with respect to a series of films , plus a look at different dramatic structures . The Art of Creative Writing - Lajos Egri . Citadel Press * The Art of Dramatic Writing - Lajos ...

Author: Philip Parker

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841500658

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

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As screenwriters come to be seen as the storytellers of the age this book presents the fundamentals of writing a really compelling screenplay. Parker's new approach to writing for film and TV covers everything from finding an idea to writing a finished piece, containing advice on how to apply creative vision and the needs of the market. Parker breaks from the dominant concerns of act structure and character-driven narratives with a six-part framework comprising story, plot, dramatic structures, narrative and style.

To be a Playwright

This book examines how debates over copyright law in the United States during the nineteenth century, particularly over the lack of an international copyright law, intersected with the business practices and political and artistic beliefs ...

Author: Janet Neipris

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780878301881

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

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First Published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Humanism Drama and Performance

I am far from thinking with the majority of critics who have written about the art of dramatic writing that the resolution must be hidden from the spectator. On the contrary, I thought that it would not be beyond my capacity if I ...

Author: Hana Worthen

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030440664

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

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This book examines the appropriation of theatre and theatrical performance by ideologies of humanism, in terms that continue to echo across the related disciplines of literary, drama, theatre, and performance history and studies today. From Aristotle onward, theatre has been regulated by three strains of critical poiesis: the literary, segregating theatre and the practices of the spectacular from the humanizing work attributed to the book and to the internality of reading; the dramatic, approving the address of theatrical performance only to the extent that it instrumentalizes literary value; and the theatrical, assimilating performance to the conjunction of literary and liberal values. These values have been used to figure not only the work of theatre, but also the propriety of the audience as a figure for its socializing work, along a privileged dualism from the aestheticized ensemble—harmonizing actor, character, and spectator to the essentialized drama—to the politicized assembly, theatre understood as an agonistic gathering.