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Playwriting: The Structure of Action, Revised and Expanded Edition

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This practical guide provides the principles of dramatic writing. Playwrights and screenwriters will discover these essential principles and acquire the tools to put them to use. Sam Smiley incorporates extensive new material in Playwriting: The Structure of Action, a revised edition of the book that dramatists in theatre and film have relied on for more than twenty-five y ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 24th 2005 by Yale University Press (first published May 31st 1971)
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I re-read this book, after hating it in college, for a class I'm teaching on script analysis. It has some interesting points to make about structure, from an academic point of view. However, if you are looking for help in writing a play, avoid this book at all costs. Sam Smiley's approach is terrible. I doubt that he has ever written one himself.
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