The Art of Dramatic Writing

In this work, 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.

Author: Lajos Egri

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781434495433

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In this work, 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.

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 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.

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.

About Writing

Award-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers to place alongside E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Lajos Egri's Art of Dramatic Writing.

Author: Samuel R. Delany

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819574244

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

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Award-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers to place alongside E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Lajos Egri’s Art of Dramatic Writing. Taking up specifics (When do flashbacks work, and when should you avoid them? How do you make characters both vivid and sympathetic?) and generalities (How are novels structured? How do writers establish serious literary reputations today?), Delany also examines the condition of the contemporary creative writer and how it differs from that of the writer in the years of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the high Modernists. Like a private writing tutorial, About Writing treats each topic with clarity and insight. Here is an indispensable companion for serious writers everywhere.

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The Art of Drama

And at this juncture we are speaking not of characteristic styles of dramatic
writing ( which will be discussed later ) but of the stage - scene and actors as
elements of representational art . In the first place the scene and persons ,
however ...

Author: Ronald Peacock

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:39076006830900

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 263

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Effective socialization of new student affairs professionals is essential--both for the individual success of these practitioners, and for the work of a college or university that promotes student learning. It enables new professionals to manage the important personal and professional transitions they experience throughout their careers, engage in continuous professional development, and achieve high levels of productivity. It also counteracts the high attrition rate among new hires, with all the attendant costs to the institution in terms of resources spent on recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and developing staff talent. The socialization process for new professionals includes formal and informal elements that influence both success and quality of work life. This process is far more complex than a single orientation program organized by a unit or division. Rather, it is a comprehensive process where both the new professional and organization learn about and from each other in ways that influence working relationships and individual and organizational outcomes. Part I of this book defines the concept, explains its value, and offers a model of socialization. Part II examines the institutional context in which the socialization of new professionals occurs, and describes how different institutional types influence the socialization process. It considers the changing characteristics of college students, and how these impact the work of student affairs. In addressing the extra-institutional and professional contexts, Part III considers the role that graduate education plays in preparing new professionals for work in student affairs, and offers guidance to faculty and practitioners involved in graduate education about what they can do to introduce graduate students to professional life. It addresses the importance of professional orientation activities, the roles of supervision and mentorship, as well as the impact of peers and institutions on the socialization process. It concludes with a discussion of the role and importance of professional associations. This book is intended for graduate program faculty, for senior student affairs officers concerned about developing and retaining the new staff, and for administrators and leaders in student affairs shaping the future of the profession. For new professionals themselves it offers insights on the path to professionalization.

The Art of Writing Nonfiction

This book explores and describes the process of interpretive journalism and how it is properly done. It will be of practical value to journalism students as well as practicing journalists who want to expand their artistic horizons.

Author: André Fontaine

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 081562509X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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This book explores and describes the process of interpretive journalism and how it is properly done. It will be of practical value to journalism students as well as practicing journalists who want to expand their artistic horizons.

Authorship

Doran William Cannon's AUTHORSHIP: THE DYNAMIC PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE WRITING is the first practical text to essay the philosophic tenets of dramatic writing since Lajos Egri's THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING was published in 1946.

Author: Doran William Cannon

Publisher: Hannah House Publishing Company

ISBN: 1883636108

Category: Authorship.

Page: 212

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Doran William Cannon's AUTHORSHIP: THE DYNAMIC PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE WRITING is the first practical text to essay the philosophic tenets of dramatic writing since Lajos Egri's THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING was published in 1946. AUTHORSHIP supplants Egri's book as a usable guide for the creative writer because Cannon's unique theories address both the intuitive insights as well as the structural elements required for modern screenwriters, novelists & playwrights. Cannon starts with the "Inner Conflict" of the Main Character (Protagonist), not only as the wellspring from which all other elements of story & plot will evolve, but as the trigger device to create an "ecstatic rapport" with the audience or reader. The book includes THE CANNON PLANAGRAM, AN ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEM FOR SCREENWRITERS, NOVELISTS, & PLAYWRIGHTS. QUOTES INCLUDE: "...any writer serious about any form of putting words to paper will rejoice that Doran Williams Cannon has written this book."--BARNABY CONRAD, Author/Director, Santa Barbara Writers Conference. "...AUTHORSHIP provides a series of solid stepping stones on that perilous journey of the creative process."--MICHAEL PHILLIPS, Film Producer, THE STING, TAXI-DRIVER, etc. "Cannon presents a structured format, yet shows you how to involve your own creative subconscious. Your story writes itself."--BARBARA GRIFFITHS, Ph.D., Psychologist/writer.

How Not to Write a Play

"There is no point in pretending that this is not going to be an argumentative book or that overemphasis isn't going to crop up pretty frequently in the chapters that follow.

Author: Walter Kerr

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 0871293323

Category: American drama

Page: 150

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"Most young playwrights nowadays want to learn 'how to' write a play. This seems to me to be a mistake." Thus begins the first chapter of Walter Kerr's fascinating book on the art of playwriting. Taking an about-face look at the creative process, with chapters such as "How to Spoil a Good Story," Mr. Kerr leads us through the exciting and daring adventure of successfully bringing a play to fulfillment. "There is no point in pretending that this is not going to be an argumentative book or that overemphasis isn't going to crop up pretty frequently in the chapters that follow. The face of our theater is so familiar to us that we shall never see its features without blowing them up a bit, one by one. And it does seem to me that we had better do some arguing - quick." Walter Kerr, drama critic, playwright, teacher, director, and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama Criticism, served as drama critic for the New York Herald Tribune and was chief critic for the Sunday New York Times until his retirement. -- from back cover.

Playwriting for Theater Film and Television

Recommended Reading IIIIIIIII If you are really interested in dramatic writing , you
will want to learn as much as you can , as quickly as possible . In addition to
viewing ... Dramatic Structure The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri . Simon
and ...

Author: Laura Annawyn Shamas

Publisher: Betterway Books

ISBN: UOM:49015001358630

Category: Drama

Page: 178

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Provides information on techniques of writing for theater, movies, and television, and lists contests, and marketing and publishing information useful for beginners in the field

A Primer of Playwriting

London & Toronto : Phoenix House , Ltd . , 1949 . Dunsany , Edward John , 18th
Baron . “ The Carving of the Ivory , ” in The Art of Playwriting . Philadelphia :
University of Pennsylvania Press , 1928 . Egri , Lajos . The Art of Dramatic Writing
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Author: Kenneth Macgowan

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:49015000824640

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 199

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The author discusses human limitations, power of character, wills in conflict, dramatic action, the writing, play structure, and other relevant subjects in this playwriting manual.

A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing

The art of comedy is the art of hope. This is the truth, the comic metaphor for our
lives. So how does it work? Comedy tells a story about an ordinary guy or gal,
struggling against insurmountable odds, without many of the required tools with ...

Author: Janet Neipris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317421122

Category: Reference

Page: 168

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For decades writers have competed to enroll in the legendary Master classes led by Janet Neipris at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and across the globe. Several generations of playwrights, screenwriters, and television writers have been inspired and educated by her. Her newest book provides the next best thing to studying with her around the seminar table. It’s wise, engaging, focused. The fourteen chapters, organized like a semester, guide the writer week-by-week and step-by-step to the completion of a first draft and a rewrite. There are Weekly Exercises and progressive Assignments. Chapters include Beginnings, Creating Complex Characters, Dialogue, Escalating Conflicts, Endings, Checkpoints, Comedy, and Adaptation. For professional writers, teachers, and students, as well as anyone who want to complete their first piece. What’s important is that you will finish. Janet will be guiding you to The End. An award winning playwright and Professor of Dramatic Writing at NYU, Janet Neipris has written for Screen and Television. She has also taught dramatic writers at UCLA and in China, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Italy, and in the UK at Oxford, CSSD, University of Birmingham, and the University of East Anglia. Previous publications include To Be A Playwright (Routledge 2006). Janet Neipris’s plays and letters are in the Theatre Collection of Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

The Art of Poetry

In any case we have in the first part of the poem not indeed a methodical treatise
on the art of poetry , nor a perfectly ... of the acted drama on the Roman stage ,
and while disclaiming for himself all thought of dramatic writing , yet assigns the ...

Author: Marco Girolamo Vida

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044079640884

Category: Poetry

Page: 303

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The Writer

Write to Panache Contest , P . O . Box 488 , Gracie Station , New York , N . Y .
10028 . The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri A famous teacher , playwright ,
and director shows the writer the most effective way to write a play , story , or
novel ...

Author: William Henry Hills

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067412877

Category: Authorship

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The Players Magazine

These chapter titles are : The Art of Dramatic Writing , The Play and Fiction ,
Dramatic Instinct and the Cre . ative Process , Developing the Playwriting Ability ,
and The Playwright and His Audience . Busfield contends that “ Play . wrights are
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ISBN: UOM:39015067516669

Category: College and school drama

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A continuing narrative on Philippine theater

Another influence in PETA's playwriting was Lajos Egri's The Art of Dramatic
Writing. The iconic play that derived a lot of lessons from this pedagogy was
definitely Juan Tamban. During the staging and writing process of Juan Tamban,
Gardy ...

Author: Laura L. Samson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9718691030

Category: Community theater

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Principles fo Theatre Art

The Art of Dramatic Writing . Cooper . New York : Charles Scribner's New York :
Simon & Schuster , 1946 . Sons , 1918 . Feibleman , James . In Praise of Comedy
. Nicoll , Allardyce . The Theory of Drama . New York : The Macmillan Co. , 1939 ...

Author: H. D. Albright, William P. Halstead, Lee Mitchell

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