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Writing Your First Play

Writing Your First Play
Author: Stephen Sossaman
ISBN 13: 9780130274168
ISBN 10: 13027416
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2000-08-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 126
List Price: $78.40

Concentrating on clearly stated fundamental principles, this brief but efficient reference guide takes writers, step-by-step, to the completion of their first play. A practical workbook, it covers everything from selecting an idea to doing critical revision—and how to avoid the frustrating errors that typically plague first time playwrights.

Chapter topics include situation and story, characters, play structure, keys to holding an audience, dialogue, stage movement, and theme. Exercises throughout the book focus on the playwright and the play in progress, allowing readers to better assess their own drafts.

For individuals and community writers groups—even those with little theatre-going experience, as they pen their first one-act or full-length naturalistic drama.