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The Playwright's Guidebook: An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic…

by Stuart Spencer

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Stuart Spencer gives you a lot to think about, not just about writing plays but about art and life, and how that ties in with what you're trying to create. Some of the things he talks about can also apply to a lot of other writing disciplines, not just plays. Thought-provoking, well-written and just spot on. ( )
  IvyAlvarez | Apr 1, 2013 |
A very solid, well-written text to help the beginning playwright - or even the playwright who just wants to hone their craft a bit. Overall, it's easy to read, the exercises are helpful, and he doesn't bog you down in thousands of rules that you "have" to follow if you want to be a playwright. Instead, he gives you tools you can use as you need, and recommends you figure out which ones work for you. Anyone who is aspiring to write a play, or who just wants to know how it's done, could find a lot of good in this work. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | May 1, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571199917, Paperback)

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.

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"During the more than ten years that Stuart Spencer has taught playwriting, he has struggled to find an effective handbook for his courses. Although most of the currently popular guides contain useful ideas, they all suffer from the same problems: poor organization; quirky, idiosyncratic advice; and abstract theorizing on the nature of art. As a result, they fail to offer any concrete information or useful guidelines on how to construct a well-written play. Moreover, few of these books are actually written by working playwrights. Out of frustration, Spencer wrote his own. The result, The Playwright's Guidebook, is a concise and engaging handbook full of the kind of wisdom that comes naturally with experience. Spencer presents a coherent way of thinking about playwriting that addresses the important principles of structure, includes insightful writing exercises that build upon one another, explores the creative process, and trouble-shoots recurrent problems that playwrights actually face."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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