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Young Playwrights 101

Want to write plays that will actually get produced? Then meet your new best friend: Young Playwrights 101. This book will guide you through the playwriting process, from initial idea to submission. Created with young playwrights and those who teach them in mind, it’s a complete course, organized in easy-to-follow lessons and filled with practical exercises designed to hone your skills and get you writing better plays faster. But you don’t have to be a student or drama teacher to benefit from Young Playwrights 101. No matter what your age or experience, if you’re looking for detailed, no-nonsense advice about the craft and business of playwriting, this is the resource for you.

Here are just a few examples of topics you’ll find inside Young Playwrights 101:

  • Creating Characters and Conflict
  • The Three Act Structure and its Alternatives
  • Choosing the Right Setting
  • The "Question" of the Play
  • How to Use an Outline
  • Handling Exposition
  • Using Punctuation to Write Better Dialogue
  • Beginning and Ending Your Play
  • Dealing with Writer's Block
  • Rewriting with The Writer’s Web
  • How to Have a Useful Play Reading
  • The Playwright's Bill of Rights
  • A Suggested Reading List, Links to Submission Opportunities and much, much more...

Whether you’re writing your first play, want to brush up on your skills or are looking for that missing “something” in your writing, Young Playwrights 101 is the jumpstart you need to write plays that make it to the stage.

“More than any other playwriting text I know, this book addresses the real, practical issues facing young playwrights today. Dorf never loses sight of the fact that the purpose of playwriting is production. It's not about writing an opus that will live in a drawer—this book will help young people write plays that will actually be produced. A must-read for any up-and-coming young dramatic voice.”  -Matt Buchanan, Playwright and Child Drama Specialist
Theatre Director, St. Luke's School, New Canaan, CT

“Excellent. Clear and crisply written and thoroughly comprehensive. It covers pretty well every aspect of writing a play from the idea through to the production. It's very well laid out and would be invaluable for a young playwright (or even an older one). I wish I had it when I was a teenager - it would have saved me a lot of grief.”  -Peter Colley, Creator "Great Dialogue" software

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Meet the Author: Jonathan Dorf

Author of more than 30 published plays with over 1000 productions worldwide, Jonathan Dorf co-founded publisher YouthPLAYS, co-chairs the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and is Final Draft's resident playwriting expert. He created the content for Playwriting101.com, Google's top-ranked playwriting website for over a decade, and teaches playwriting through Screenwriters University. He has served as Visiting Associate Professor in the MFA Playwriting and Children's Lit programs at Hollins University, as United States Cultural Envoy to Barbados and been a guest speaker at schools and festivals ranging from the University of Southern California to the...

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