On Writing

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Donald Westlake often said, “When I write a novel, I’m God, and when I write a screenplay, I’m cup-bearer to the gods.” The same could be said of the relationship between screenwriting and playwriting.

The conversations in this issue cover both of these genres. John Patrick Shanley and Christopher Hampton talk about playwriting, screenwriting and directing. Theresa Rebeck and Patricia Marx talk about writing plays and films, but also about the process of writing prose.

On The Back Page we’re publishing Gina Gionfriddo’s one-act play America’s Got Tragedy.

– Arlene Hellerman, Editor

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