THERE IS NO shortage of professional advice to young playwrights. One can find it organized into chapters in a bookstore — the keyword “playwriting” returns beaucoup titles on Amazon — or, for a somewhat larger investment, packaged with an undergraduate degree or an M.F.A. Most writers will tell you, though, that they acquired their most valuable knowledge of how to do the work either through personal experience or directly from another writer. You’re on your own for the personal experience, but we asked a few of our writing friends to share some of their wisdom on the art and craft of dramatic literature. Here’s what they said.

This story appeared in the October 2016 print issue of Dramatics. Subscribe today to our print magazine.

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