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: 9781439123799

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

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781773236155

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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: 9781429934213

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: 0806541423

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 668

“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: 1408141329

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 735

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: 0615608213

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: 9781417716623

Category: Performing Arts

Page:

View: 653

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.


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: 0878301887

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

View: 623

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

Teaching Playwriting

The Teaching of Playwriting: As Observed in Fourteen Twentieth-Century American Playwriting Books. Master of Arts, University of Arizona. Dunne, W. (2009).

Author: Paul Gardiner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474288030

Category: Drama

Page: 264

View: 187

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.

Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark

The Art of Dramatic Writing. 2nd rev. edition. New York: Simon and Schuster. Egri, Lajos. 1965. The Art of Creative Writing. Seacaucus: Citadel Press.

Author: Eva Novrup Redvall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137288418

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

View: 303

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 State of the Art

New playwriting strategies: a language based approach to playwriting. New York: Routledge. ... The elements of playwriting. ... The art of dramatic writing.

Author: Michael Anderson

Publisher: Sydney University Press

ISBN: 1743320280

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.

The Little Handbook for Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing

He offersseveral seminal worksonwriting drama: Lajos Egri. The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives.

Author: Don Aycock

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1433669773

Category: Religion

Page: 267

View: 939

In The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing, two publishing industry veterans have much to share beyond choosing subject matter, improving grammar, and strengthening sentence structure. Yes, those elements definitely matter and are duly addressed, but there are other skills to be polished if one wants to get a proverbial foot in the publisher's door. Readers will gain an insider's view of how the Christian publishing industry actually works. Key topics include building relationships with agents and editors, keeping up with industry trends, developing a strong book proposal, the growth of electronic publishing, and more. For anyone called to Christian writing, this release provides the “know-how” that is needed to further the inspiration.

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: 9781883636104

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.


The Art and Science of Screenwriting

Citadel Press * The Art of Dramatic Writing - Lajos Egri . ... Dell The two books which brought screenwriting into focus in the 1980s and set out the ...

Author: Philip Parker

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841500652

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

View: 805

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.