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

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Macmillan, Mar 29, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 374 pages
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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.
  

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Excellent reference. - Goodreads
A very clear and helpful guide to writing plays. - Goodreads
Great advice that will come to you while you write. - Goodreads

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If you're a playwright, this will give you great insight. Great advice that will come to you while you write. Read full review

Review: The Playwright's Guidebook: An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing

User Review  - The Gatekeeper - Goodreads

A very clear and helpful guide to writing plays. It's taken me so long to find a book on playwriting (as opposed to screenwriting or writing in general). I'm glad I finally found this one. I'll definitely be referring back to it often. Read full review

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

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