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Here is the first and only manual for playwrights ever designed to draw directly from the wisdom of leading contemporary dramatists. Interwoven with hundreds of quotations from the authors own in-depth interview series at the Dramatists Guild, inMoreHere is the first and only manual for playwrights ever designed to draw directly from the wisdom of leading contemporary dramatists. Interwoven with hundreds of quotations from the authors own in-depth interview series at the Dramatists Guild, in New York City, The Playwrights Process offers a fresh and lively discussion of the indispensable ingredients of strong dramatic writing. Every essential step the writer must take to create a well-written, stageworthy play is examined and explored.Also mining his own experience as a dramatist and a teacher of playwriting, author Buzz McLaughlin details the entire process of developing the kernel of an idea into a fully realized play-from the writers very first jottings to the readings and workshops that lead to a professional production. Laying in the basic building blocks of dramatic structure, the exploration of character, the elements of good dialogue writing, and much, much more, McLaughlin reinforces every lesson with the words of:Edward AlbeeLee BlessingHorton FooteAthol FugardJohn GuareTina HoweDavid IvesRomulus LinneyEmily MannTerrence McNallyArthur MillerMarsha NormanJohn Patrick ShanleyWendy WassersteinMichael WellerLanford WilsonA resource for beginning and experienced writers, The Playwrights Process is a virtual guided tour of the dramatists challenging and often mysterious creative process, chock-full of specific techniques, practical exercises, and candid observations on craft and method straight from the mouths of working, award-winning playwrights. No book on playwriting has offered so much before, or in such an illuminating and integrated way.