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Writing Your First Play

Writing Your First Play
Author: Roger Hall
ISBN 13: 9780240802909
ISBN 10: 24080290
Edition: 2
Publisher: Focal Press
Publication Date: 1998-02-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 184
List Price: $46.95

  • Explores all aspects of how to write a first play.
  • Examples are based on undergraduate level student work.
  • Thoroughly updated, including a new chapter on how to market your play once it is written.
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; 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.


Based on his 20 years of teaching playwriting, Hall offers beginners tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. He breaks the action, dialogue, characters, and conflict into separate exercises that lead from one to another and become increasingly sophisticated. No date is mentioned for the first edition; the second includes contemporary examples, additional writing exercises, a new student's one-act play, and a chapter on marketing a finished play. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.