Higher Education

Playwriting: From Formula to Form, 1st Edition

  • William M. Downs University of Wyoming
  • Lou Anne Wright University of Wyoming
  • ISBN-10: 0155038613  |  ISBN-13: 9780155038615
  • 352 Pages
  • © 1998 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $71.25



Structure is how a play logically fits together and can be archived through formula or form. To understand the complexities of structuring with form, the beginning playwright must first learn the fundamentals of formula. Covering everything in the playwriting process from the initial concept through production, PLAYWRITING: FROM FORMULA TO FORM presents a workable method for anyone interested in the craft. Exercises and techniques are presented to help students master the fundamental principles of good playwriting, giving them the freedom to be creative. Chapters on film and television writing as well as how to market a finished script and to select an agent, provide "real world" information on surviving as a writer in today's market.

Table of Contents

1. Idea.
2. Formula Writing.
3. Character.
4. Form Writing.
5. Dialogue.
6. Scenario, Writing & Rewriting.
7. Creativity.
8. Format.
9. Readings, Contests & Submissions.
10. Student-Written Plays.
11. Production & Agents.
12. Screenplays & Teleplays.
Conclusion: Becoming a Playwright.
Appendix A Glossary of Terms.
Appendix B Books Every Playwright Should Own.
Appendix C Further Reading.
Appendix D Graduate Playwriting Programs.
Appendix E Templates.
Appendix F Computer Software.
Appendix G Web Sites for Playwrights and Screenwriters.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lou Anne Wright

Lou Anne Wright is an actor, dialect coach, professor, and writer; she holds an MFA in Voice, Speech, and Dialects from the National Theatre Conservatory and is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher. Lou Anne has served as voice/dialect coach for such companies as the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and her film roles include Judy Shepard in HBO's "The Laramie Project" and Nell in "Hearsay". As a playwright, she authored "Kabuki Medea", which won the Bay Area Critics Award for Best Production in San Francisco. It was also produced at the Kennedy Center. She is the coauthor of the book PLAYWRITING: FROM FORMULA TO FORM, and her screenwriting credits include the film adaptation of Eudora Welty's "The Hitch-Hikers", which featured Patty Duke and Richard Hatch (for which she was nominated for the Directors Guild of America's Lillian Gish Award). Lou Anne teaches acting, voice, speech, and dialects at the University of Wyoming, where she has won several teaching awards.