Playwriting from Formula to Form

Covering everything in the playwriting process from the initial concept through production, PLAYWRITING: FROM FORMULA TO FORM presents a workable method for anyone interested in the craft.

Author: William Missouri Downs

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: IND:30000063939007

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 335

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Structure is how a play logically fits together and can be archived through formula or form. To understand the complexities of structuring with form, the beginning playwright must first learn the fundamentals of formula. Covering everything in the playwriting process from the initial concept through production, PLAYWRITING: FROM FORMULA TO FORM presents a workable method for anyone interested in the craft. Exercises and techniques are presented to help students master the fundamental principles of good playwriting, giving them the freedom to be creative. Chapters on film and television writing as well as how to market a finished script and to select an agent, provide "real world" information on surviving as a writer in today's market.

Writing Your First Play

The second edition of Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form.

Author: Roger A. Hall

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 024080290X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 159

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The second edition of Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. Based on many years of teaching experience, this book breaks the action, dialogue, characters and conflict into separate exercises that lead naturally from one to another and become increasingly more sophisticated. Before the reader has realized it, simple ideas have taken on the shape of a play. Topics include understanding the role action plays in drama; developing action and conflict to reveal character; writing powerful and persuasive dialogue; writing from personal experience, and how it can be both enriching and dangerous; and knowing where to start the story and what details help to develop the storyline.

How to Write a Play

Aspiring playwrights are guided through the development of ideas, characters, dialogue, plots, exposition, and climax, as well as how to put on a production. Includes quotes from critics, literary agents, and other playwrights.

Author: David Carter

Publisher: Contemporary Books

ISBN: IND:30000092562994

Category: Reference

Page: 145

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Aspiring playwrights are guided through the development of ideas, characters, dialogue, plots, exposition, and climax, as well as how to put on a production. Includes quotes from critics, literary agents, and other playwrights.

The Student Guide to Writing Playwriting

The Student Guide to Playwriting provides access to step-by-step lesson plans for writing a theatre play.

Author: Jennifer Tuckett

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781786822161

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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The Student Guide to Playwriting provides access to step-by-step lesson plans for writing a theatre play. The lessons are written by ten top industry professionals who have led the way in terms of playwriting training in the UK. Including Rob Drummer, Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre, and former Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers programme John Yorke, founder of the BBC Writers Academy and author of Into the Woods Tom Holloway, playwright and mentor, nominated by the Bush Theatre Fin Kennedy , founder of Schoolwrights and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company St eve Winter, Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and cofounder of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays Caroline Jester, who has pioneered international collaborative and digital playwriting programmes Caroline Hort on, writer, performer, director and mentor, nominated by the Bush Theatre Lucy Kerbel, Director of Tonic Theatre and founder of Platform Suitable for writers, students, teachers, the industry and anyone with an interest in dramatic writing and playwriting, the book offers key advice on getting started, ideas, structure, scenes, characterization, dialogue, theatricality, rewriting, and the business of staging your work.

Writing a Play

A practical guide to the process of play-writing, this book will take budding writers for the stage through the process, beginning with original inspiration, through plotting, structuring and characterization, to the successful realization ...

Author: Steve Gooch

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350201163

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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A practical guide to the process of play-writing, this book will take budding writers for the stage through the process, beginning with original inspiration, through plotting, structuring and characterization, to the successful realization of the idea. This revised edition includes a new chapter covering stage realism.

The Collaborative Playwright

The Collaborative Playwright changes that by offering a lively dialogue between a highly successful playwright, Bruce Graham, and an equally accomplished dramaturg, Michele Volansky, supported by hands-on exercises to get you thinking and ...

Author: Bruce Graham

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: IND:30000116863998

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

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The interaction between the ideas of the playwright and the know-how of the dramaturg is vital to the success of any production. But not every writer is accustomed to thinking like a dramaturg. The Collaborative Playwright changes that by offering a lively dialogue between a highly successful playwright, Bruce Graham, and an equally accomplished dramaturg, Michele Volansky, supported by hands-on exercises to get you thinking and writing in new ways. The Collaborative Playwright gives you professional advice on how to get started with a play, how to structure it to be performed, and how to work with a dramaturg to turn it into a staged production. Graham and Volansky's fun, smart conversation offers step-by-step advice on each of the components of the craft - exposition, rhythms, characterization, structure, and story generation - all illustrated with clear examples from Graham's own plays. But unlike other books that advise playwrights, The Collaborative Playwright is written from two points of view: the playwright's and the dramaturg's. It's both friendly and packed with indispensable nuggets of information, including interviews with more than thirty current theatre artists whose collective advice articulates some of the more practical aspects of working in the theatre - knowledge that playwrights need as they write. Want to write plays that work as well on stage as they do in your head? Read The Collaborative Playwright, listen in as two theatre veterans discuss the crucial characteristics of good writing, and find out why, if you're writing for the theatre, it pays to listen to your dramaturg.

Writing a Play

You want to write a play but you have no idea how to start. This book will help you to enter the exciting world of scriptwriting step by step. What makes a good dramatic story? How do you get inspired? What is the language of theatre?

Author: Belona Greenwood

Publisher: Need2Know

ISBN: 1861442440

Category: Self-Help

Page: 122

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You want to write a play but you have no idea how to start. This book will help you to enter the exciting world of scriptwriting step by step. What makes a good dramatic story? How do you get inspired? What is the language of theatre? How do you create the most interesting, three-dimensional characters since Shakespeare, and what about creating a plot of masterful ingenuity? Writing a Play: The Essential Guide is full of personal insight and activities for you to try. Playwriting is the most challenging of the writing arts, but this essential guide will help you to practise and develop the skills of exposition, dialogue and putting together a good dramatic structure. Within its pages you'll also find useful tips on how to get your work noticed and performed, as the author recognises it is notoriously difficult for playwrights to get the exposure their work deserves.

Writing for Theatre

Writing for theatre is a unique art form, different even from other kinds of scriptwriting. This book will take you on a journey from the origins of theatre to what it means to write for the stage today.

Author: Kim Wiltshire

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137369208

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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Writing for theatre is a unique art form, different even from other kinds of scriptwriting. This book will take you on a journey from the origins of theatre to what it means to write for the stage today. Through a series of interviews with writers, directors and dramaturgs, it explores the foundations, traits and skills necessary for playwriting.

Writing 45 minute One act Plays Skits Monologues Animation Scripts for Drama Workshops

What you'll get out of this book and the exercises of writing one-act plays for teenage actors and audiences of all-ages audience, are improved skills in adapting all types of social issues, current events, or life experience to 45-minute ...

Author: Anne Hart

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595345977

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

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Here's a guide book on how to write 45-minute one-act plays, skits, and monologues for all ages. Step-by-step strategies and sample play, monologue, and animation script offer easy-to-understand solutions for drama workshop leaders, high-school and university drama directors, teachers, students, parents, coaches, playwrights, scriptwriters, novelists, storytellers, camp counselors, actors, lifelong learning instructors, biographers, facilitators, personal historians, and senior center activity directors. Guide young people in an intergenerational experience of interviewing and writing skits, plays, and monologues based on the significant events and experiences from lives of people. Learn to write skits, plays and monologues based on historical events and personalities. What you'll get out of this book and the exercises of writing one-act plays for teenage actors and audiences of all-ages audience, are improved skills in adapting all types of social issues, current events, or life experience to 45-minute one-act plays, skits, or monologues for teenage or older adult drama workshops. How do you write plays and skits from life stories, current events, social issues, or history? Are you looking for the appropriate 45-minute, one-act play for high-school students or other teenagers, for community center drama workshops, or even for home school projects or for events and celebrations? Are you seeking one-act plays for older adults drama workshops? Use personal or biographical experiences as examples when you write your skit or play. If you want a really original play, write, revise, and adapt your own plays, skits, and monologues. Here's how to do it.

Playwriting

Full of inspiration and practical advice, Playwriting: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is a comprehensive companion to writing for the stage.

Author: Fraser Grace

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472526670

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Full of inspiration and practical advice, Playwriting: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is a comprehensive companion to writing for the stage. PART 1 includes reflections on the art and the craft of playwriting, guidance on writing for a full range of genres and spaces and a brief history of playwriting itself. PART 2 contains inspiring advice and reflections from leading playwrights:April De Angelis, Bryony Lavery, David Greig, Christina Reid, Dennis Kelly, Frank McGuinness, Lynn Nottage, Howard Brenton, Roy Williams, Tanika Gupta, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Polly Stenham, Tom Stoppard, Jack Thorne, Steve Waters, E.V. Crowe, David Henry Hwang, Lin Coghlan, Zinnie Harris and Anne Washburn. PART 3 offers practical exercises and advice on planning and conducting research, working out plots and characters, mastering authentic but accessible dialogue, navigating the industry and the rehearsal and production process.

A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre

A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre is a succinct introduction to the skills required to write knowledgeably and critically about the theatre.

Author: Marcia L. Ferguson

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: PSU:000067218363

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

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A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre is a succinct introduction to the skills required to write knowledgeably and critically about the theatre. Intended to illuminate the importance of theatre and performance in daily life, A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre engages students with dramatic material as they learn the practical elements of review, analysis, criticism, and research.

Writing about Theatre and Drama

Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

Author: Suzanne Hudson

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: IND:30000103005983

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

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Combining basic composition and critical inquiry into the discipline of theatre, WRITING ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA meets the fundamental needs of beginning theatre students to learn the unique and varied forms of theatre and drama in their role in our cultural heritage. Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

On Picture Play Writing A Handbook of Workmanship

Author: James Slevin

Publisher: Taylor Press

ISBN: 9781446095003

Category: Drama

Page: 94

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Stage Directions

This book encapsulates a lifetime's work and is guaranteed to be a firm favourite with his legions of fans around the world.

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571249220

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Stage Directions covers half a lifetime and the whole range of Frayn's theatrical writing, right up to a new piece about his latest play, Afterlife. It is also a reflection on his path into theatre: the 'doubtful beginnings' of his childhood, his subsequent scorn as a young man and, surprisingly late in life, his reluctant conversion. Whatever subjects he tackles, from the exploration of the atomic nucleus to the mechanics of farce, Michael Frayn is never less than fascinating, delightfully funny and charming. This book encapsulates a lifetime's work and is guaranteed to be a firm favourite with his legions of fans around the world.

The Elements of Playwriting

Also new to this edition are reading resources for delving deeper into topics discussed.

Author: Louis E. Catron

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478636885

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 199

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Louis Catron imbued experienced and fledgling playwrights with inspiration, guidance, and a passport to maximizing their writing skills as well as their overall ability to transform written words into a stage production. He understood that being a playwright is more than putting pen to paper. It involves expressing a personal point of view, bringing a vision to life, developing dimensional characters, structuring a play’s action, and finding producers, directors, and actors to bring the work to life. In the second edition Norman Bert infuses the enduring merits of Catron’s original work with examples, technological developments, and trends geared to today’s readers. Bert’s play references are familiar to contemporary students, including examples from plays written since 2000. He includes useful information on web-based research and the electronic submission process. A new chapter focuses on the playwright’s responsibility to lay the groundwork for production elements like casting, design, theatre architecture as it impacts audience–performer relationships, staging modes, and the uses and expectations of stage directions. Also new to this edition are reading resources for delving deeper into topics discussed.

Exploring Writing and Play in the Early Years

The second edition of this text shows how play and literacy can combine to help young children develop a more complete understanding of writing, as well as literacy more generally.

Author: Nigel Hall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136785825

Category: Education

Page: 144

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The second edition of this text shows how play and literacy can combine to help young children develop a more complete understanding of writing, as well as literacy more generally. In addition to discussing the implications of the new Guidance for the Foundation Stage, the authors use more recent research to extend the discussion of how and why pla

Writing the Ten minute Play

(Limelight). This book is written for the beginning or seasoned playwright, as well as for actors (or anyone) wishing to attempt their first ten-minute play.

Author: Glenn Alterman

Publisher:

ISBN: 1557838488

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 159

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(Limelight). This book is written for the beginning or seasoned playwright, as well as for actors (or anyone) wishing to attempt their first ten-minute play. Every aspect of writing a ten-minute play is covered, from perking with an idea, to starting the play, to developing it, to effective rewriting, to completing it, even to how to get the most out of readings of your play once you've finished it. Writing the 10-Minute Play also reveals the best ways to market your play and includes an extensive listing of ten-minute play contests. The guide contains many in-depth interviews with international playwrights who have had substantial success with their ten-minute plays, as well as publishers of ten-minute plays and producers of ten-minute play festivals. Included as well are several award-winning ten-minute plays, followed by a discussion by the respective playwrights on how they went about creating their play, from start to finish. The final chapter offers tips and suggestions from artistic directors of ten-minute play festivals and from well-known playwrights whose ten-minute plays have received awards and publishing deals.

Perfect 10

Writing with a sharp wit and wise, conversational voice, Gary Garrison demystifies the process of writing and producing the ten-minute play.

Author: Gary Garrison

Publisher: Drama

ISBN: IND:30000087914713

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 134

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Writing with a sharp wit and wise, conversational voice, Gary Garrison demystifies the process of writing and producing the ten-minute play.

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.