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The Dramatic Writer s Companion Tools to Develop Characters Cause Scenes and Build Stories
Moss 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 writers 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 existing 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. 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.