Part I: Catching the Playwriting Bug.
Chapter 1: Introducing the Art and Craft of Playwriting.
Chapter 2: Living the Life of a Playwright.
Chapter 3: What Makes a Play.
Chapter 4: Starting with an Idea.
Chapter 5: Finding Your Play's Theme.
Part II: Creating a Blueprint for Your Play.
Chapter 6: Putting Your Story in Focus.
Chapter 7: Creating Full and Rich Characters.
Chapter 8: Dialogue: The Most Important Tool in Your Toolbox.
Chapter 9: Practical Considerations: Staging, Cast, and Audience.
Part III: The Nuts and Bolts of Putting Your Story Together.
Chapter 10: The Beginning: Finding a Starting Point for Your Play.
Chapter 11: The Middle: Developing Your Story Line.
Chapter 12: The Climax: Bringing the Confl ict to a Head.
Chapter 13: The Resolution: Wrapping It All Up.
Chapter 14: Giving the Musical Special Consideration.
Part IV: The Show Must Go On.
Chapter 15: Getting Your Play Read and Making Revisions.
Chapter 16: Rehearsals and Premieres: Nail Biting 101.
Chapter 17: Promoting Your Play and Getting a Production.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Things Every Playwright Should Know.
Chapter 19: Ten Hallmarks of a Great Play.
Chapter 20: Ten Playwrights You Should Know and Emulate.
Appendix: Formatting a Script.