The Playwright's Guidebook: An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing (Paperback)

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The Playwright's Guidebook: An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing (Paperback)


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A Crucible for Creativity: Unleashing the Playwright Within

This engaging and concise handbook is a beacon for both budding and seasoned playwrights alike, illuminating the path to creating compelling, well-structured plays. The Playwright’s Guidebook is more than just theoretical musing; it encapsulates practical advice based on the experience of a seasoned playwright, making it the ideal companion for those embarking on the thrilling odyssey of playwriting.

From crucial aspects like act structure, character development, and plot construction to the art of creating conflict and building drama, every nuance of playwriting is laid bare, empowering writers to unleash their own unique storytelling prowess.

The guidebook shines light on the lesser-explored aspects of playwriting like handling exposition, tackling writer's block, and understanding cover letters and literary agents. Offering insightful writing exercises and guidelines, it facilitates an invigorating exploration into the creative process. It doesn't stop at simply instructing how to write; it also troubleshoots recurrent problems, preparing playwrights to face and overcome the challenges they might encounter along the way.

Tap into the reservoir of creativity within you, pick up the tools of the playwright's trade, and weave dramatic narratives with The Playwright's Guidebook as your indispensable mentor.

Stuart Spencer's play Resident Alien has been produced around the country and been optioned for film. He teaches playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College.

Product Details ISBN: 9780571199914
ISBN-10: 0571199917
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: March 29th, 2002
Pages: 392
Language: English

“Stuart Spencer's meticulous handbook does something I had thought was almost impossible: it describes, clarifies and analyzes the mysterious process of building a play. And moreover, he does so with the grace and respect of a first-rate teacher for the intelligence and potential of his students. There is no ideology, no formula for instant success here. Just the distilled experience of a real practitioner generous enough to share, and reliable enough to be trusted.” —Jon Robin Baitz, author of Ten Unknowns and Substance of Fire

“Stuart Spencer's The Playwright's Guidebook is indispensable. Clearly and thoroughly, Mr. Spencer--a playwright himself--leads all playwrights (not only the beginner) through the travails of creation and the jungle of production. He is to be congratulated.” —Edward Albee

“Eureka! A clearly written, well-structured, intelligent how-to book about playwrighting. Like the good teacher and good writer that he is, Stuart Spencer guides rather than browbeats. Should be next to the laptop of any aspiring, or working, playwright.” —Warren Leight, author of Side Man

“If you want to be a playwright, here's your bible.” —David Lindsay-Abaire, author of Fuddy Meers and Wonder of the World

“At last! A straight-from-the-shoulder approach to playwrighting that finally blows the dust off much of the mystique surrounding this craft. Stuart Spencer writes with wit, insight, clarity, brilliant first-hand knowledge, and yes, finally, offers genuine help! Refreshing and beautifully organized, this book is long overdue.” —Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director, The Globe Theatres, San Diego

“A sensible, lucid, thorough and tremendously helpful journey into the always mysterious realities of playwrighting.” —Romulus Linney, author of The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts, and Tennessee

“Mr. Spencer's guidebook is full of solid, straightforward advice in a conversational voice that takes the mystery out of how plays are wrought, not written.” —Michael Weller, author of Moon Children and Loose Ends