This clear and crisply written practical text will guide you through the playwriting process, from initial idea to production and submission. Created with young playwrights and those who teach them in mind, the easy-to-follow lessons are filled with practical exercises designed to hone your or your students’ skills to write better plays faster. Nine chapters cover the full gamut of playwriting: Getting Started, Characters and Conflict, Where and When — The Setting, Structuring Your Play, Writing Dialogue, Writing Stage Directions, Writing the First Draft, Rewriting and The Next Step. Five appendices provide additional helpful information about the business of playwriting and submitting plays to publishers. Read more...
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More that any other playwriting text I know, this book addresses the real, practical issues facing young playwrights today. Dorf never loses sight of the fact that the purpose of playwriting is production. It?s not about writing an opus that will live in a drawer?this book will help young people write plays that will actually be produced. A must-read for any up-and-coming young dramatic voice. Matt Buchanan, Playwright and Child Drama Specialist, Theatre Director, St. Luke’s School, New Canaan, CT
Excellent. Clear and crisply written and thoroughly comprehensive. It covers pretty well every aspect of writing a play from the idea through the production. It’s very well laid out and would be invaluable for a young playwright (or even an older one). I wish I had it when I was a teeanager?it would have saved me a lot of grief. Peter Colley, author of I’ll be Back Before Midnight and creator of “Great Dialogue” software