Writers' Forum

Services provided to authors by Moving Parts

The opportunity to obtain feedback on your work, including :
•  hearing your work read by professional actors.
•  informed audience reaction and friendly criticism.
•  practical suggestions from other authors.
•  contacts for further information.
•  help in finishing plays which have "got stuck".
•  proof-reading of texts.
•  contacts for translation of texts into French.


Helpline, FAQ and pearls of wisdom for everyone to contribute

Writing, apparently, is the best fun you can have on your own.
But that's part of the problem. You are on your own.
So here's a space where you can give each other a helping hand
by sharing some of your insights and experiences.

Pearls of Wisdom
In order to break the rules you should know the rules first
Revise, revise, revise!
Set up your pay-offs and pay off your set-ups
There are only two kinds of play : those requiring more than six actors, and those that get produced
Don't start writing too soon...    more
The best playwright is a dead playwright...     find out why
Constructive daydreaming...    more
Screenwriting : the three-act structure...    more
Playwriting 101: though you may want a character to stand for something, make sure she is flesh and blood first, and not just a mouthpiece for the ideas you want put forth. When the characters take on life, they inevitably deepen the ideas you are trying to portray.
Writing in the morning...    more
The whole thing must be TRUE...   more
Don't leave your audience staring at an empty stage!
If you have only one character on stage, you'd better not have him leave unless there are going to be some VERY interesting off-stage noises to keep them happy while he's gone...
and this space is waiting for your contribution :
please send it to forum'at'movingparts.org.uk
(well-known symbol replaced by 'at' to avoid detection by nasty web-crawly things)



Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the links to read the FGA (Frequently Given Answers)
or contribute missing answers to forum'at'movingparts.org.uk


Q.1)  Can playwriting be taught?
Q.2)  How do I know when to end my play?
Q.3)  What's the best way to get a first, or early, production in New York City,
         especially if you're working outside the United States?

Q.4)  Does anyone have any info on theatre spaces in Paris where new work
         can be mounted?

Q.5)  How should I prepare my play for a Moving Parts reading?
Q.6)  How involved are you with the direction of your plays?
Q.7)  Is there a network of English language directors in Paris interested in
         working on new plays?

Q.8)  Should my play be workshopped more than once?


filmreel For more FAQs and expert advice, here     right arrow
is a link to the website of Lew Hunter,
screenwriting professor at UCLA,
and also a member of Moving Parts

Lew Hunter's blog


e-mail Helpline

If your question still hasn't been answered, send a
message to help'at'movingparts.org.uk
and your request will be sent out to the mailing list


and finally :

Eulogies and Brickbats
(In the hope that the former will exceed the latter...)

Eulogy from Mel Chase
Eulogy from Antoinette Moses
Eulogy from Eric Sanders
Brickbat from Stef on "Bard abuse"


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