Gary Garrison is like the Tony Robbins of playwriting, except without the Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Seriously, if you’ve ever read his Playwrights Survival Guide, you know he’s the most inspiring playwright around.
On Friday, I got to go to a Master Class workshop/discussion with him, as part of the Dramatist Guild’s visit to San Francisco. He gave a little of bit of craft advice (“If there’s a problem in your play, worry about the people, not the story. People are infinite and interesting; you’ll never write a story that’s more interesting than the people in it”) but he mostly gives just the right amount of truth and honesty and understanding of what a playwright, specifically, goes through.
I have to believe that everyone in the room immediately went home and started writing.
Join the Dramatists Guild! If you’re a playwright and you’re not in the Guild, you’re crazy. Especially if you ever even touch a contract. The Guild is there to represent your interests; they develop standard contracts; they work to protect your rights.