Whether you are writing a dramatic play, a whimsical farce, or just trying
to get creative, we carry an abundance of helpful books aimed specifically
to assist the developing playwright, screenwriter or poet. Books by teachers
and professionals alike, this section boasts a wide variety instructional
manuals, hands-on activity books, and inspirational guides.
Spark: How Creativity Works
Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of twenty-first century's most influential and creative artists and thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists' inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being. Softcover, 249 pp. $16.99.
The Art of Translation
In this book, Ranjit Bolt take what is essentially a practitioner's view of the art of literary translation. Hardcover, 58 pp. $23.50.
So, You're a Creative Genius... Now What?
Learn how to change your brain and carve our your own distinct creative space in the world of media and art. Artist, musician, web designer, and writer Carl King has done it all, and he shows you how you can do it too. Softcover, 190 pp. $20.95.
The Art of the Conversation
Every day we use cell phones and computers to communicate, but are we losing touch with face-to-face talk? Find out exactly what you stand to lose with this rallying cry for the venerable art of conversation. Taking lessons from philosophy, anthropology, and literature, Catherine Blyth uncovers the rules and some surprising secrets, with advice for navigating conversational situations from bedroom to boardroom, and hilarious tales of how it can all go wrong. Softcover, 288 pp. $18.50.
The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools To Develop Characters, Cause Scenes and Build Stories
This is the book being talked about and recommended by both playwrights and screenwriters. It helps writers explore their own ideas in order to develop the script in front of them. The author effortlessly condenses dramatic theory with specific action steps. A resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, Dunne offers over sixty workshop-tested exercises that can be adapted to virtually any individual writing process and script. Softcover, 318 pp. 23.95.
Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters
Want to attract great actors? Write great dialogue. Want to grab the attention of eminent directors and producers? Write great dialogue. Want to enthrall the audience? Write great dialogue. In twenty lessons, Talk the Talk gives screenwriters and playwrights a complete tool kit for mastering the art of dialogue and includes more than eighty dialogue-writing exercises to guide classrooms, writers' groups, or independent study. Softcover, 242 pp. $29.95.
The Artist's Way Every Day
Julia Cameron's groundbreaking work on the creative process, The Artist's Way, has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. Taking inspiration from that classic work, this book serves as a daily guide and companion for readers traveling the spiritual path to higher creativity. Softcover, 413 pp. $18.50.
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction
Without writing, there would be no recording, no history, no science, and of course, no books, newspapers or emails. But when, where and how did it start? And how do we decipher forgotten scripts? Softcover, 157 pp. $11.95.
Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide
Laura J. Murray & Samuel E. Trosow
Copyright is an important legal issue that all creative artists need to understand. Using straighforward language and colourful examples, this book demystifies the Canadian Copyright Act. Never dumbing down the issues, the authors explore practical concerns pertinent to a range of interest groups. Softcover, 254 pp. $24.95.
Writing For Children
Have you always wanted to write for children but are unsure where to start? If so, then this book is for you. Aimed at aspiring and newly published writers, it offers invaluable advice on the whole business of writing for children, from pre-school to teenage, and from initial idea through to final publication and beyond. Softcover, 182 pp. $21.95.
Inner Drives: How to Write & Create Character Using the Eight Classic Centres of Motivation
Pamela Jaye Smith
This inspiring and practical book delves into the fascinating world of archetypes, mythology, and the chakra system to reveal the deepest sources of character motivation and action for a single purpose: to enhance your storytelling abilities. Softcover, 238 pp. $36.95.
The Artful Nuance
Rod L. Evans
Focusing on the subtle distinctions and often overlooked differences between or among imperfectly understood words, The Artful Nuance answers vocabulary questions that you never knew you had. From technical definitions ("herb" and "spice") to cultural literacy ("inductive reasoning" and "deductive reasoning") to subtleties in connotation (nerd and geek), each entry in this comprehensive guide distinguishes between two or more words that are commonly confused. Softcover, 208 pp. $15.50.
Arts Reviews...and how to write them
This book explains how to seize your readers' attention and how to be witty always, fascinating most of the time and bitchy when you need to be. Reviews from classic writers like Pauline Kael or Kenneth Tynan are contrasted are contrasted with today's hot names like Mark Kermode and Stewart Maconie. Softcover, 154 pp. $29.95.
Free Fire Zone
This writer's guide is both a discussion of the writer's craft and a no-holds-barred discussion of the politics in the movie, television, and theatre worlds. In a series of hilarious and provocative discussions covering all aspects of dramatic writing, Theresa Rebeck attempts to address what she considers both of a writer's primary concerns -- how to tell a story with truth and vision and how to maneuver as a dramatic writer in a dangerous world. Softcover, 212 pp. $23.95.
The Art of Writing Drama
The Art of Writing Drama includes practical guidelines for classroom/workshop approaches to the pedagogy of dramatic writing. Written by an award-winning dramatist and teacher, this book bridges the pedagogic and vocational, the academic and the professional. The book will be indispensible to academic courses, adult education classes, and anywhere the art of writing dram is taught. Softcover, 187 pp. $21.95.
The Complete Artist's Way
Here, together for the first time in one elegant edition, are Julia Cameron's three core works, which together constitute a journey that will guide readers to discovering creative renewal. They are: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. Includes a new introduction by the author. Hardcover, 722 pp. $35.50.
The Seven Basic Plots
This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of basic stories in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. Softcover, 728 pp. $35.95.
Story Structure Architect
Victoria Lynne Schmidt
Story Structure Architect is your comprehensive reference to the classic recurring story structures used by every great author throughout the ages. You'll find master models for characters, plots, and complication motifs, along with guidelines for combining them to create unique short stories, novels, scripts, or plays. Especially featured are the standard dramatic situations inspired by George Polti's 19th century work, The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations, but with Schmidt's 21st-century spin. Softcover, 277 pp. $23.99.
Writer's Digest Writing Kit
This adorable box set comes with all the resources you need to start writing today! Includes the guide 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes - from developing good habits to writing and editing a new piece, novelist Bob Mayer gives you the skills needed to produce a polished final draft. The kit also comes with the Mini Market Book, 30 idea prompt cards, and 30 writing excercise cards which aim to challenge you to think about every detail of your work. Box set, $27.50.
The Elements of Style (Illustrated)
William Strunk, E.B. White & Maira Kalman
Every English language writer knows The Elements of Style. The book's mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in it's fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. The only style manual to ever appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English, and Kalman's fifty-seven exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colourful and clear. Softcover, 150 pp. $19.95.
Archetypes For Writers
Jennifer Van Bergen
This book and its excercises will enable you to access and enrich the characters that already exist within you. Drawing on her years of training in theatre and decades of teaching, Jennifer Van Bergen unveils the secrets of using your own archetypes. This revolutionary approach has little to do with how to "create" characters or plot stories; it is more about how to find your character and story archetypes - or even how to have them find you. Softcover, 241 pp. $29.95.
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