Destination: Playwriting Unit Guide
To go along with our new play contest, we are making
available a unit on all of the aspects of
playwriting. The lessons will cover the three general techniques for
starting the process of writing a play, dramatic structure and the process
of writing the play from theme selection through dialogue writing.
Also included is a sample script with accompanying comments highlighting
the steps in the process and script format. This unit is currently
in its third edition and we continue to make adjustments to make it
better and easier to follow whether working alone or in a workshop.
Playwriting: Science or Art?
Play’s the Thing…But What Is It?
Structurally Sound. What are the parts of a story?
You Trying to Prove? Themes are the Key
The Primary Forces? The Protagonist and Antagonist
and Their Motives: What makes your characters do what they do?
The Root Conflict:
What's the problem?
Backstory: Why does the protagonist need to succeed?
Cycles of Action: What minor
conflicts contribute to the root action?
and Acts: How will everything fit together?
Speech I Pray You. What Do the Characters Need to Say?
of the Process. Now That It’s Written, Write It Again?
Dramatizing Others' Stories:
Can you really do that?
Words Are Never Enough. Do Your Characters Need to Sing?
Dramatizing Scripture. How Can I Make the Bible Fresh and Applicable?
The Third Edition is now available for $15. The cost
of the unit also includes enrollment in our online playwriting workshop.
To find out about upcoming sessions,
contact the theatre.
The unit guide can be used for any number of children in
the same family.
Destination: Playwriting Contest