The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories - Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing (Paperback)Will Dunne (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 356
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
--Susan Stauter, artistic director, San Francisco Unified School District"
Dunne mixes an artist s imagination and intuition with a teacher s knowledge of the craft of dramatic writing. It is an irresistible combination, producing a book which is simultaneously astute "and" imaginative. . . . No one can teach anyone to become a dramatic writer. But it is possible to learn how to improve your writing skills. It is possible to be provoked into thinking differently, into adding different colours and dimensions to your ideas, to extend the range of images in your head, to startle your imagination; in short, to be inspired into trying new approaches and methods. "The Dramatic Writer s Companion" has the potential to do all of that for a writer.
--May-Brit Akerholt, award-winning dramaturg"
A breath of fresh air. Whether you re working on your first play or your fortieth, preparing a first draft or polishing up a finished piece, "The Dramatic Writer s Companion" offers challenging, thought-provokingexercises rather than formulaic how-to solutions. This is the kind of book that not only makes plays stronger; it makes writers strongeras well.
--Jeni Mahoney, artistic director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conferenceand playwriting program head, Playwrights Horizons Theater School"
The practical genius of Dunne s writing lessons proved invaluable to me in the development of the script for my own film, "Mean Creek."I have read many books on scriptwriting, most a bunch of intellectual blather about themes and structure, whereas Dunnesl s approach to writing is grounded in specific and useful exercises that a writer can actually employ at the moment of creation.
--Jacob Estes, recipient of the 2005 John Cassavetes Award, Film Independent s 20th Spirit Awards for his film Mean Creek"
Will Dunne lays out all the right questions with great precision and elegance.In the process he coolly demystifies all the dramaturgical demons; they become nothing more than the routine technical challenges faced by any craftsman.
--Dennis J. Reardon, professor emeritus of playwriting, Indiana University"
Dunne meets the writer on his or her own terms, eye to eye. Unique, ambitious, and comprehensive, "The Dramatic Writer s Companion "contains practical writing exercises underscored by well-developed dramatic theory.
--Art Borreca, head of Playwrights Workshop and Dramaturgy Program, UniversityofIowa"
In his new handbook for writers Dunne adheres to the idea that character development is essential to telling a story. . . . Dunne employs his wealth of experience as the current resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a Charles MacArthur Fellowship honoree, a former O Neill Theatre Center dramaturg and an award-winning author of such plays as "How I Became an Interesting Person," "Love and Drowning," and "Hotel Desperado" to give writers a blueprint on how to examine their ideas in depth in order to develop their plays and screenplays.
--Judy Samelson "Playbill.com ""