Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
 
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
 
 
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Guide Description
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Key Features
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Order Now
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Industry Reviews
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops An In-Depth Analysis
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops The Exercise Menu
 
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Guide Description
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Key Features
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Order Now
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Industry Reviews
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Table of Contents
 
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
 
 
BOOKS BY WILL DUNNE
Through the University of Chicago Press, Will Dunne now offers two nonlinear reference guides to help you develop original dramatic stories. The Dramatic Writer’s Companion focuses primarily on the creative process and presents a comprehensive collection of in-depth character, scene, and story tools for playwrights and screenwriters. The Architecture of Story focuses primarily on script analysis and uses storytelling principles at work in three successful contemporary American plays to help you evaluate your own scripts – whether it’s a scene in progress or a completed draft awaiting revision.
 
THE DRAMATIC WRITER’S COMPANION   THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORY
     
GUIDE DESCRIPTION
will dunne
Will Dunne Dramatic WorkshopsMoss Hart once said that you never really learn how to write a play; you only learn how to write this play. Crafted with that adage in mind, The Dramatic Writer’s Companion is designed to help playwrights and screenwriters explore their own ideas in order to develop the script in front of them. No ordinary guide to plotting, this handbook starts with the principle that character is key. “The character is not something added to the scene or to the story,” writes author Will Dunne. “Rather, the character is the scene. The character is the story.”

Having spent decades working with dramatists to refine and expand their plays and screenplays, Dunne effortlessly blends condensed dramatic theory with specific action steps—over sixty workshop-tested exercises that can be adapted to virtually any individual writing process and dramatic script. Dunne’s in-depth method is both instinctual and intellectual, allowing writers to discover new actions for their characters and new directions for their stories.

Dunne’s own experience is a crucial element of this guide. His plays have been selected by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center for three U.S. National Playwrights Conferences and have earned numerous honors, including a Charles MacArthur Fellowship, four Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, and two Drama-Logue Playwriting Awards. He is currently a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists where he develops plays and teaches workshops. Dunne also has led over sixteen hundred workshops through his San Francisco program, served as a dramaturg at the O’Neill, and twice attended the Australian National Playwrights Conference as guest instructor. Thousands of individuals have already benefited from his workshops, and The Dramatic Writer’s Companion promises to bring his remarkable creative method to an even wider audience.

KEY FEATURES
will dunne
The Dramatic Writer’s Companion offers:
will dunne
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops More than sixty of the author’s workshop-tested exercises for playwrights and screenwriters
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops An underlying focus on character as the root of scene and story
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops A unique, nonlinear format that allows the writer to use exercises in any order and as often as needed to meet individual writing goals
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops A special troubleshooting section that addresses common script problems
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops A glossary of key terms
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Examples drawn from well-known plays and films, including both contemporary and classical masterworks
ORDER NOW
will dunne
The University of Chicago Press published The Dramatic Writer’s Companion in April 2009 (352 pages, 6 X 9 © 2009). Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. The guide is available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic versions. Click here to order your copy directly from the publisher.

View Industry Reviews, An In-Depth Analysis and The Exercise Menu


Will Dunne





  GUIDE DESCRIPTION
will dunne
Will Dunne Dramatic WorkshopsWhile successful plays tend to share certain storytelling elements, there is no single blueprint for how a play should be constructed. Instead, seasoned playwrights know how to select the right foundational components for their needs and organize them in a structure that best supports their particular story.

Through his workshops and book The Dramatic Writer’s Companion, Will Dunne has helped thousands of writers develop successful scripts. Now, in The Architecture of Story, he helps writers master the building blocks of dramatic storytelling by analyzing a trio of award-winning contemporary American plays: Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. Dismantling the stories and examining key components from a technical perspective enables writers to approach their own work with an informed understanding of dramatic architecture.

Each chapter focuses on one storytelling component, ranging from “Characters” and “Main Event” to “Emotional Environment” and “Back Story.” Dunne explores each component, demonstrating how it has been successfully handled in each play and comparing and contrasting techniques. The chapters conclude with self-evaluation questions to help writers improve their scripts. Each chapter is self-contained, so writers can read the entire guide for a comprehensive view of dramatic structure or use the book as a nonlinear writing reference. This flexible, interactive structure is designed to meet the needs of writers at all stages of writing and at all levels of experience.

KEY FEATURES
will dunne
The Architecture of Story offers:
will dunne
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops A technical breakdown of dramatic story into about forty components
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops An underlying focus on character as the root of scene and story
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Condensed dramatic theory related to each story component
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Detailed examples of how each component has been used or not used in three successful contemporary American plays
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Examples from other well-known plays and films, including classical masterworks
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Questions to help you analyze your own story during writing and revision
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops
Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops A unique, nonlinear format that allows you to access chapters, or parts of chapters, in any order and as often as needed to plan or analyze scripts
ORDER NOW
will dunne
The University of Chicago Press published The Architecture of Story in April 2016 (224 pages, 6 X 9 © 2016). Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. The guide is available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic versions. Click here to order your copy directly from the publisher.

View Industry Reviews and Table of Contents


Will Dunne