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: 1434495434

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 332

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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

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.

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

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.

Author: Lajos Egri

Publisher: Important Books

ISBN: 9788087830703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 164

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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.

The Art of Dramatic Writing

"For many years, Lajos Egri's highly opinionated but very enjoyable The Art of Dramatic Writing has been a well-guarded secret of playwrights, scriptwriters, and writers for television.

Author: Egri Lajos

Publisher: Merricat Publications

ISBN: 9781434403872

Category: Creative writing

Page: 334

View: 884

"For many years, Lajos Egri's highly opinionated but very enjoyable The Art of Dramatic Writing has been a well-guarded secret of playwrights, scriptwriters, and writers for television. Unlike many other books on playwrighting (several of which Egri criticizes during the course of this one), the author's systematic breakdown of the essentials for creating successful realistic plays and screenplays effectively demystifies the process of creative writing." --John Longenbaugh

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

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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.

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

View: 396

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.

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

View: 521

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

Again, art no longer functions in the society the way it once did: it functions in
different ways. And it can help people ... Carver, Raymond. “On Writing.” In Fires.
New York; Vintage Books, 1983. Egri, Lajos. The Art of Dramatic Writing. New
York: ...

Author: Samuel R. Delany

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819574244

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.

The Art of Writing Nonfiction

It had its beginnings nearly half a century ago in the work of exceptionally
talented writers and editors, then grew ... In producing such stories, the journalist
may use the fiction writer's techniques of plotting, suspense, dramatic conflict,
and ...

Author: André Fontaine

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815625094

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

View: 145

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.

Naked Playwriting

This is a complete playwriting course -- from developing a theme through plotting and structuring a play, developing characters, creating dialog, formatting the script, and applying methods that aid the actual writing and rewriting ...

Author: William Missouri Downs

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 341

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This is a complete playwriting course -- from developing a theme through plotting and structuring a play, developing characters, creating dialog, formatting the script, and applying methods that aid the actual writing and rewriting processes. The book also offers sound guidance on marketing and submitting play scripts for both contests and production, protecting one's copyright, and working with directors and theatre companies. Well-written, comprehensive, and filled with illustrative examples, "Naked Playwriting" includes both innovative and tried-and-true writing techniques, sage advice from veteran writers, a short study of the major schools of dramatic thought, and writing anecdotes. This one-of-a-kind playwriting book, which covers both the basics of playwriting and the practical advice on getting a play published and produced, will help both novices and working writers discover and improve their playwriting skills and see their plays performed on a stage.

The Art Of Writing Drama

Analysing the foundation blocks of drama-writing books is an interesting exercise
. Each book, implicitly or explicitly, lays down a set of principles, on the basis of
which the author recommends certain approaches to the act and art of writing.

Author: Michelene Wandor

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408141329

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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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.

The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing

Regarding writing for the screen , Baehr says , “ Read and write without ceasing .
Study the craft , and study the great writers . ” He offers several seminal works on
writing drama : Lajos Egri . The Art of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative ...

Author: Leonard Goss

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780805432640

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 267

View: 412

An insider's view of Christian publishing that addresses topics that include agents, editors, industry trends, developing a book proposal, and more.

The Art and Craft of Playwriting

Offers advice for creating characters, advancing the plot, building suspense, and incorporating stage directions for theatrical productions

Author: Jeffery Hatcher

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

View: 144

Offers advice for creating characters, advancing the plot, building suspense, and incorporating stage directions for theatrical productions

The Understructure of Writing for Film and Television

They are as much a part of the art of dramatic writing as your words. You don't
want to find yourself writing a scene that is all talk: whenever you do, you have
forgotten that a dramatist writes action, not words. Spectacle Spectacle is one of
the ...

Author: Ben Brady

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292791828

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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This unique, comprehensive introduction to screenwriting offers practical advice for the beginning writer, whether college student or freelancer. Based on their experience as professional writers and as teachers in a large, successful screenwriting program at California State University, Northridge, the authors provide a progression of assignments at manageable screenwriting lengths for beginners. They lead students through development of a premise, treatment, stepsheet, and, finally, miniscreenplay—essential elements in writing a longer script. A major feature of the text is the use of many example scenes from contemporary and classic American films, such as On the Waterfront, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Godfather, The Graduate, Tootsie, and more. Other scenes are drawn from international films and dramatic literature. The criticism of these scenes invites students to develop their own comparative models, while simultaneously providing exposure to the central analytical terms of good dramatic writing. The authors also place screenwriting within the larger tradition of dramatic writing in order to put the beginning writer in touch with the wealth of art, experience, and practical ideas the drama contains. They provide an up-to-date, practical discussion of marketing and copywriting a screenplay, with addresses of relevant professional societies. Most importantly, they never offer an ill-advised shortcut or restrict students to only one way of thinking about a character, situation, or scene. In The Understructure of Writing for Film & Television, the student's thought and creativity are central.

A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing

We're meant to be truthtellers and soul-searchers. We are holding up a light to
the fissures in people's lives, as Chekhov acknowledged, saying, We hear and
feel along with you. You are not imagining this. You are not alone. The arts can
and ...

Author: Janet Neipris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317421132

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.

Key Concepts in Creative Writing

Ash, William, The Way to Write Radio Drama (London: Elm Tree Books, 1985).
Berry ... Bugeja, Michael J., The Art and Craft of Poetry (Iola: Writer's Digest
Books, 1994) Egri, Lajos, The Art of Dramatic Writing (New York: Touchstone,
2004).

Author: Matt Morrison

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137118962

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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A comprehensive writers' guide to the terminology used across the creative writing industries and in the major literary movements. Packed with practical tips for honing writing skills and identifying opportunities for publication and production, it also explains the workings of publishing houses, literary agencies and producing theatres.

Writing the Short Film

You will find that if you follow your natural bent, rather than try to go against it,
both writing and rewriting will be easier. ... kind of orderly way, while in art—and
especially in the art of dramatic writing—things should happen as the writer wills,
 ...

Author: Patricia Cooper

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 113604857X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: new screenplays, a chapter on rewriting your script, and a chapter on the future of short films

Directing and Producing for Television

DRAMA If you direct drama of any kind, you work with actors. There are lots of
books and theories ... The Art of Dramatic Writing, by Lagos Egri is particularly
helpful in analyzing the construction and intent of a play. Although these parts of
the ...

Author: Ivan Cury

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136046267

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 459

Directing and Producing for Television provides you with the tools you'll need to direct and produce effectively in a variety of settings. Based on his years of experience in the industry and teaching the subject, Cury illustrates fundamental principles with engaging anecdotes that teach by example. Ideal for students in television production courses as well as industry professionals, Directing and Producing for Television addresses critical production techniques for various formats including panel programs, demonstration, scripted, music, commercials, PSAs, news, documentaries, remote broadcasting, and sports. Each chapter concludes with a valuable review section summarizing key points. Written with both the director and producer in mind, but particularly relevant for the television director, Directing and Producing for Television gives a comprehensive overview of the facility (studio, control room, and/or support areas) and provides who's who information covering the various jobs and personnel involved in television programs.

The Art of Film Acting

Dmytryk, Edward. (1984). On Screen Directing. Boston: Focal Press. Easty,
Edward Dwight. (1981 On Method Acting. New York: Ballantine Books, Random
House. Egri, Lajos. (1960). The Art of Dramatic Writing. New York: Touchstone
Books, ...

Author: Jeremiah Comey

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136047212

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

View: 153

This guide for actors and directors develops a valid method for training performers to act from their core--whether they are cold reading, auditioning, or performing for film or television. This book teaches actors how to achieve and respond to believable and honest emotions before the camera, and it maintains that the key to a successful performance lies in how the actors relate to one another and to the circumstances. Exercises, including script examples, throughout the book give readers an easy resource for practicing the principles outlined. The Art of Film Acting applies a classic stage acting method (Stanislavsky) to the more intimate medium of performing before a camera, teaching readers to experience an emotion rather than to indicate it.

Theatre

This is a useful source for anyone who wants to compare and contrast playwriting
approaches. Bryer, Jackson R. The Playwright's Art: Conversations with
Contemporary American Dramatists. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University
Press, ...

Author: Steven Archer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780939693610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

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Theatre: Its Art and Craft is intended for use in theatre appreciation and introduction to theatre courses. This new edition features updated statistics and references that keep the text current. The first chapter of the text introduces readers to the broad issues of artistic practice, while the second chapter inspects the specific area of live theatre. The remainder of chapters examine in detail the various functionaries of the theatre (audience, critics, playwrights, directors, actors, designers, historians, and dramaturgs). As in previous volumes, readers are encouraged to examine the complex interaction of all theatrical elements. Just as in music some instruments supply the basic structure and some embellish that structure, so in the theatre the elements of script, directing, acting, and design interact in shifting configurations to offer a new work of art at every performance. Examining these relationships will enrich the theatrical experience. A Collegiate Press book