Will Dunne is resident playwright and faculty member at Chicago Dramatists. He is the author of numerous plays and recipient of many writing awards and honors. His third companion book, The Architecture of Story: A Technical Guide for the Dramatic Writer, is also available from the University of Chicago Press.
"Dunne meets the writer on his or her own terms, eye to eye.
Unique, ambitious, and comprehensive, The Dramatic Writer's
Companion contains practical writing exercises underscored by
well-developed dramatic theory."--Art Borreca, head of Playwrights
Workshop and Dramaturgy Program, University of Iowa
"Dunne mixes an artist's imagination and intuition with a teacher's knowledge of the craft of dramatic writing. It is an irresistible combination, producing a book which is simultaneously astute and imaginative. . . . No one can teach anyone to become a dramatic writer. But it is possible to learn how to improve your writing skills. It is possible to be provoked into thinking differently, into adding different colors and dimensions to your ideas, to extend the range of images in your head, to startle your imagination; in short, to be inspired into trying new approaches and methods. The Dramatic Writer's Companion has the potential to do all of that for a writer."--May-Brit Akerholt, award-winning dramaturg
"Dunne employs his wealth of experience as the current resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a Charles MacArthur Fellowship honoree, a former O'Neill Theatre Center dramaturg, and an award-winning author of such plays as How I Became an Interesting Person, Love and Drowning, and Hotel Desperado to give writers a blueprint on how to examine their ideas in depth in order to develop their plays and screenplays."--Judy Samelson, Playbill