Writing Your First Play

Paperback | February 11, 1998

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Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. Based in a series of exercises which gradually grow more complex, the books helps the reader to understand the basic elements of drama, conflict, and action. The exercises help the reader to become increasingly sophisticated in the use of dramatic formats, turning simple ideas into a viable play.

Topics include:
the role of action in drama;
developing action and conflict to reveal character;
writing powerful and persuasive dialog;
writing from personal experience:pros and cons;
how to begin the story and develop the storyline.

This new edition is thoroughly updated and contains new examples based on contemporary plays. The author has added additional writing exercises and a new student-written one act play. It also contains a new chapter on how to sell your play once it is written.

With examples based on student work, this text both inspires and educates the student and fledgling playwright, providing solid tools and techniques for the craft of writing a drama.

Roger A. Hall, a professor of theatre at James Madison University, had taught playwriting for nearly 20 years. Many of his students have gone on to write for theatre, television, and the screen. He has written numerous plays and articles and has acted and directed extensively in the theatre.

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Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation required to tell a story through dramatic form. Based on a series of exercises that gradually grow more complex, the book helps the reader to understand the basic elements of drama, conflict, and action. This new edition has additional writing exerc...

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Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. Based in a series of exercises which gradually grow more complex, the books helps the reader to understand the basic elements of drama, conflict, and action. The exercises help the reader to become increasingly...

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The second edition of Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. Based on many years of teaching experience, this book breaks the action, dialogue, characters and conflict into separate exercises that lead naturally from one to another and become increa...

Roger Hall is a playwright who has been announced as a winner of the 2015 Prime Minister¿s Awards for Literary Achievement in the fiction category.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:178 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.68 inPublished:February 11, 1998Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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ISBN - 10:024080290X

ISBN - 13:9780240802909

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Table of Contents

Foreword* Preface* Introduction* Action* Direct Conflict* Character* Dialogue* Three-Character Conflict* Writing From Life* Writing From a Source* Expanding Your Skills* Writing Your Play* Marketing Your Play* Appendix: Classroom Procedures* Bibliography

From Our Editors

Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation required to tell a story through dramatic form. Based on a series of exercises that gradually grow more complex, the book helps the reader to understand the basic elements of drama, conflict, and action. This new edition has additional writing exercises, a new student-written one-act play, and a chapter on how to sell your play once it's finished.

Editorial Reviews

this text provides a step by step process for playwrighting addressing all cricial areas in an accessible manner (Cynthia Austin, Southern Virginia College).