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A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing

Theater, Film, and Television, 2nd Edition

By Janet Neipris

© 2016 – Routledge

168 pages

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A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing is an essential tool for professional teachers in academic programs training successful Playwrights, Screenwriters, and TV writers, as well as anyone who wants to write a completed dramatic script. You can become a successful dramatic writer within a group or by yourself. This focused and engaging book is organized as a one-semester course. The chapters guide the writer week-by-week and step-by-step resulting in the completion of a first draft and a rewrite of an original script. The fourteen chapters are each accompanied by Weekly Exercises and progressive Assignments. In this expanded and updated edition, Neipris integrates her widely used To Be A Playwright, into a master class for playwrights, screenwriters and TV writers.

New Chapters include:

THE MORAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WRITER

ONE WRITER’S LIFE

BEGINNINGS- WHERE IDEAS ORIGINATE

COMEDY

CHECKPOINTS

ADAPTATION –FILM, THEATER, AND TELEVISION

PUTTING IT TOGETHER -- CONSTRUCTING A FULL LENGTH SCRIPT

LESSONS FROM MASTER TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Janet’s legacy as an educator, mentor, and artists is legendary. This book is a gift to the profession and the art. Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins

Table of Contents

Preface: The Moral Responsibility of the Artist

Introduction: The Writer’s Life

    1. Week 1: Beginnings
    2. Week 2: Creating Complex Characters
    3. Week 3: Dialogue
    4. Week 4: Escalating Conflicts
    5. Week 5: Sixty Questions When Writing a Dramatic Piece
    6. Week 6: Putting it all Together
    7. Week 7: Endings
    8. Week 8: Checkpoints
    9. Week 9: Rewriting
    10. Week 10: Adaptation
    11. Week 11: Comedy
    12. Week 12: The Fifteen Habits of Successful Dramatic Writers
    13. Week 13: Lessons from Master Teachers and Students
    14. Week 14: To Be a Writer

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PERFORMING ARTS / General