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Playwriting in Process (Second Edition)

Playwriting in Process (Second Edition)

Thinking and Working Theatrically

Michael Wright

2010 - 258 pp. - Imprint: Focus

Format ISBN Price Qty
Paper 978-1-58510-340-9
$22.95
Examination 978-1-58510-340-9
$3.00

Quick Overview

"Here is a book that acknowledges that the most difficult aspect of writing in a play is not the lack of a clear formula, but rather the lack of a process that offers structure without impeding inspiration. Michael Wright’s self-proclaimed ‘anti-how-to’ book is a rare and wonderful gem. His etudes offer a practical road map to the intangible heart and soul of the creative impulse; reminding us that writerly muscles must regularly bend, expand and breathe. With this new edition, Mr. Wright truly takes us to the next level, including ‘call-outs’ that invite the writer to actively engage the world-at-large as a part of his/her writing process. This is far more than a book of exercises. It is an invitation to focus on the process of writing, rather than the product."
     —Jeni Mahoney, Artistic Director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (id Theater)

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The resource for new and experienced playwrights. Now in its second edition with more creative exercises and updated segments for encouraging writers to get to work.

 

Reviews:

"Playwriting in Process is not a facile how-to book; rather, it is a book which prompts the reader’s living engagement. I mentored playwrights for over 30 years and never found a text which satisfied me. Were I still in the classroom, Playwriting in Process is the text I would use."
     —David Kranes, Founding Artistic Director of Sundance Playwrights’ Lab


"Here is a book that acknowledges that the most difficult aspect of writing in a play is not the lack of a clear formula, but rather the lack of a process that offers structure without impeding inspiration. Michael Wright’s self-proclaimed ‘anti-how-to’ book is a rare and wonderful gem. His etudes offer a practical road map to the intangible heart and soul of the creative impulse; reminding us that writerly muscles must regularly bend, expand and breathe. With this new edition, Mr. Wright truly takes us to the next level, including ‘call-outs’ that invite the writer to actively engage the world-at-large as a part of his/her writing process. This is far more than a book of exercises. It is an invitation to focus on the process of writing, rather than the product."
     —Jeni Mahoney, Artistic Director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (id Theater)

 

About the Author:

Michael Wright is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing at The University of Tulsa, where he teaches Screenwriting and Playwriting. He is the founder and moderator of the Fictional Characters writers collective, the U.S. Representative to World Interplay in Australia, a resource artist for the Necessary Stage in Singapore, and the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab. His books include Playwriting at Work and Play: Developmental Programs and Their Processes, Playwriting Master Class, Playwriting in Process, and the Monologues for Men by Men series, co-edited with Gary Garrison. His plays, poems, and fiction have appeared in The Elvis Monologues, Scenes and Monologues for Mature Actors, Monologues from the Road, Rio Grande Review, Voces Fronterizas, 5th Story Review, the Moondance Film Festival, SixSentences.com, and PrickoftheSpindle.com. His plays and radio plays have been produced by Dorset Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Playwrights Theatre of Washington, The Baltimore Playwrights’ Festival, The Vineyard Theatre, Living Arts of Tulsa, the National Audio Theatre Festival, and Shoestring Radio Theatre.