The Playwright's Guidebook

An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing by Stuart Spencer

  • Published: Sep 07, 2020

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... read more

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Details of The Playwright's Guidebook

Exact title of the book
The Playwright's Guidebook
Book author
Stuart Spencer
ISBN
9780571199914
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 29, 2002
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
400
File size (in PDF)
3600 kB

Some brief overview of book

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.

About author

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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