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THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORY:
A TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR THE DRAMATIC WRITER
GUIDE DESCRIPTION
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While 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
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The Architecture of Story offers:
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Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops A technical breakdown of dramatic story into about forty components
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Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops An underlying focus on character as the root of scene and story
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Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Condensed dramatic theory related to each story component
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Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Detailed examples of how each component has been used or not used in three successful contemporary American plays
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Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Examples from other well-known plays and films, including classical masterworks
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Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Questions to help you analyze your own story during writing and revision
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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
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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.
   
INDUSTRY REVIEWS
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“Together with The Dramatic Writer’s Companion, Dunne’s The Architecture of Story is part of the most thorough course in playwriting available in print, one that is both an in-depth study in character and its relation to dramatic form, and a practical dramaturgical resource for dramatists in search of the best form for their work.”
—Art Borreca
   Head of Dramaturgy Program and co-head of Playwrights Workshop
   University of Iowa


“The genius of The Architecture of Story is the way in which Dunne manages to embrace both the chaos and the craft of playwriting. His bold, unabashedly nonlinear approach and graceful co-mingling of intellect and impulse, historical perspective and modern reinvention, examination and inquiry, guide us ever closer to a theatrical world that is as singular and powerful as the writer’s own voice. This is a must-have for playwrights”
—Jeni Mahoney
   Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference


“Dunne offers the tools playwrights need to create, and improve, what they write. As intuitive an art form as playwriting often is, a writer can find herself frustrated as she attempts to identify clearly what she feels is wrong but cannot necessarily pin down and solve. Dunne’s components and questions will help soothe that frustration, illuminate the problem, and open up potential solutions for the playwright to use.”
—Megan Monaghan Rivas
   School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University

   
   
TABLE OF CONTENTS    
About This Guide
The Plays and Playwrights

Technical Considerations
Genre
Style
Dramatic Focus
Rules of the Game
Framework
Stage
Other Script Elements

The Big Picture
Title
Characters
Offstage Population
Plot
Character Arcs
Story Arc and Main Event
Subject and Theme
Dialogue
Visual Imagery

World of the Characters
Physical Realm
Emotional Environment
Social Context
Laws and Customs
Economics
Power Structure
Spiritual Realm
Backstory

Steps of the Journey
Point of Attack
Inciting Event and Quest
Central Conflict
What’s at Stake
Strategies and Tactics
Pointers and Plants
Reversals
Crisis Decision
Climax and Resolution


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Type of story
How characters and events are depicted
Main character and point of view
How things work in this particular story
Act and scene divisions, including French scenes
Directions Instructions for staging the play
What’s in the script besides the play


Meaning and function of title
Who causes the story to happen
Who influences the story from offstage
Synopsis and chain of events
Character entrances, exits, and transitions
Most important thing that happens
What the story is about
Language characteristics and indigenous terms
How images reveal story


The setting and what’s in it
General mood or atmosphere
Key circumstances, values, and beliefs
Social rules that affect behavior
How characters are influenced by money or lack of it
Who is in charge and who isn’t
Presence or absence of the supernatural
The past that affects the present


How the play begins
What triggers the protagonist’s dramatic journey
Key obstacles to the protagonist’s success
The protagonist’s reason to act
How the protagonist tries to complete the quest
Preparation tools to engage the audience
Turning points in the story
The protagonist’s most difficult decision
Showdown and final destination