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The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) unknown Edition

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“Dunne has taken everything he knows from the powerful dual standpoints of an award-winning playwright and a master
teacher to create the book we’ve been waiting for. It’s all there—from every angle and every perspective—how to bring
fascinating, fully-developed characters in conflict out into the light and onto the stage.”

(Susan Stauter, artistic director, San Francisco Unified School District)

“Dunne mixes an artist’s imagination and intuition with a teacher’s knowledge of the craft of dramatic writing. It is an
irresistible combination, producing a book which is simultaneously astute and imaginative. . . . No one can teach anyone
to become a dramatic writer. But it is possible to learn how to improve your writing skills. It is possible to be
provoked into thinking differently, into adding different colours and dimensions to your ideas, to extend the range of
images in your head, to startle your imagination; in short, to be inspired into trying new approaches and methods. The
Dramatic Writer’s Companion has the potential to do all of that for a writer.”

(May-Brit Akerholt, award-winning dramaturg)

“A breath of fresh air. Whether you’re working on your first play or your fortieth, preparing a first draft or polishing
up a finished piece, The Dramatic Writer’s Companion offers challenging, thought-provoking exercises rather than
formulaic ‘how-to’ solutions. This is the kind of book that not only makes plays stronger; it makes writers stronger as
well.”

(Jeni Mahoney, artistic director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and playwriting program head, Playwrights
Horizons Theater School)

“The practical genius of Dunne’s writing lessons proved invaluable to me in the development of the script for my own
film, Mean Creek. I have read many books on scriptwriting, most a bunch of intellectual blather about themes and
structure, whereas Dunnesl’s approach to writing is grounded in specific and useful exercises that a writer can actually
employ at the moment of creation.”

(Jacob Estes, recipient of the 2005 John Cassavetes Award, Film Independent’s 20th Spirit Awards for his film Mean
Creek)

“Will Dunne lays out all the right questions with great precision and elegance. In the process he coolly demystifies all
the dramaturgical demons; they become nothing more than the routine technical challenges faced by any craftsman.”

(Dennis J. Reardon, professor emeritus of playwriting, Indiana University)

“Dunne meets the writer on his or her own terms, eye to eye. Unique, ambitious, and comprehensive, The Dramatic Writer’s
Companion contains practical writing exercises underscored by well-developed dramatic theory.”

(Art Borreca, head of Playwrights Workshop and Dramaturgy Program, University of Iowa)

“In his new handbook for writers Dunne adheres to the idea that character development is essential to telling a story. .
. . Dunne employs his wealth of experience as the current resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a Charles MacArthur
Fellowship honoree, a former O’Neill Theatre Center dramaturg and an award-winning author of such plays as How I Became
an Interesting Person, Love and Drowning, and Hotel Desperado to give writers a blueprint on how to examine their ideas
in depth in order to develop their plays and screenplays.”

(Judy Samelson Playbill.com)

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About the Author
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Will Dunne is currently a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where he develops plays and teaches workshops. He
also has led over fifteen 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. His plays, which include How I Became
an Interesting Person and Hotel Desperado, have been presented in Russia, Australia, and Croatia as well as in the U.S.

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