The Before and After Issue
No. 3
Vol. 22
Jan/Feb 2020

This edition of The Dramatist is bursting with tips, advice, and industry intel on how to approach the writing process from both sides. Featuring both new and popular archived articles, this issue focuses on information all dramatists should consider before they begin writing and after they finish their draft. After all, as DG Manager of Business Affairs Amy VonMacek notes, "The before is business. The after is business. Art is in the middle." The Before section provides information on Underlying Rights, what to do if you're writing about a Real Person in Your Play, and Contracts 101 on Collaboration. Additionally, Donna Hoke moderates a Roundtable on the marketing and networking that goes beyond submitting your work to open calls. In the After section, Deborah Murad breaks down the Basic Terms of a Production Agreement, David Faux leads a panel on Subsidiary Rights, Ellen Brown recommends Developing a Long  Term Plan for Your Literary Papers, and Rachel Lynett moderates a  discussion on Playwright's Collectives. Also in this issue, Tony Meneses answers Ten Questions about writing, Audrey Cefaley discusses The Craft, and  Georgia Stitt explains "Why I Joined the Guild."

THE DRAMATIST is made possible by funding from the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America, a generous gift from the JOHN LOGAN FOUNDATION through a grant from the Dramatists Guild Foundation, and contributions from Guild members LIKE YOU.

Cover art of The Before and After Issue: Two chickens - one facing left, the other facing right - each with an egg behind them

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