Notes from a Practicing Writer

Notes from a Practicing Writer

by Ed Shockley, larry moten

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Award winning dramatist/screenwriter Ed Shockley shares unique insights into the craft of playwrighting plus practical suggestions for career development. "It's not how well you write, it's how well you see," says Shockley. These insightful and often humorous essays, created to assist adult and student authors during his decade long tenure as artistic director for the Philadelphia Dramatist Center, are certain to help a new generation of writers develop the vision that has earned Mr. Shockley five box office records and acknowledgement by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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BN ID: 2940013935952
Publisher: Hopewell Publications, LLC
Publication date: 01/30/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 199 KB

About the Author

Ed Shockley, MFA, is author of more than fifty plays, several screenplays, essays, and two collections of poetry. He is best known for the urban opera, Bobos, (co-authored with James McBride) and the 1981 Audelco Award winning work, Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues, that set box office records at theatres across America. Other notable plays include The Liars’ Contest and the stage adaptation of Mildred D. Taylor's novel, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. Other works include The Box and Bedlam Moon. He has won the Stephen Sondheim Award For Outstanding Contributions To American Musical Theatre, the Richard Rogers Award, HBO New Writers Project, the American Minority Playwright Festival Award, the Lila Wallace/ Readers Digest production award, and two Pennsylvania State Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships. He was a featured artist in both the New York ASCAP and the Disney/ASCAP Music Theatre Workshops with Charles Strauss and Stephen Swartz respectively. Ed served as Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Dramatist Center for ten years, founder and Artistic Director of American Concert Theatre, and participated in the founding or renovation of numerous arts in education programs such as the Rainbow Company (American Music Theatre Festival), Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, Solaris Dance-Theatre And Video and the Mosaic Theatre Company. His short film, Stone Mansion, directed by J.J. Goldberger, has won festival awards worldwide and been broadcast on Showtime Cable Television and PBS network TV. Current projects include a new short film, Badman, directed by Tony Vinto; script consulting for the new Fox Pictures project, Spirit Awakening, and an innovative new play, The Oracle.

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