play·​writ·​ing | \ ˈplā-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce playwriting (audio) \
variants: or less commonly playwrighting

Definition of playwriting

: the writing of plays

Examples of playwriting in a Sentence

He gave classes in playwriting and poetry.
Recent Examples on the Web Because playwriting is a solitary art, many of the men and women described routines that felt both somewhat typical and wholly changed. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Has Your Dystopian Play Come in Handy?," 31 Mar. 2020 Marking the full-length playwriting debut of Al Blyth, the production is the first at this address from the Hampstead’s artistic director, Roxana Silbert, who acceded to her post last fall. Matt Wolf, New York Times, "In London, Contemporary Anxieties Take the Stage," 27 Feb. 2020 The little funny man’s significance to the screen is roughly that of Shakespeare to playwriting, da Vinci to painting or Jim Farley to party politics. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Rotten Tomatoes Unearths Noteworthy Film Critics of the Past," 31 Mar. 2020 In a 2014 interview with The New York Times, Mr. McNally recalled an encounter at Stephen Sondheim’s 50th-birthday party in 1980 that helped him shed a personal demon, a turning point in his playwriting. New York Times, "Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright of Gay Life, Dies at 81," 24 Mar. 2020 In classes with college students and adults, difficult stories do come up, said Deb Margolin, a professor of playwriting and acting at Yale., "They grew up at the Boston Children’s Theatre. Now they look back with alarm - The Boston Globe," 24 Nov. 2019 The production, an embarrassment of riches, cannot conceal the poverty of the playwriting. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Ethan Coen lifts the curtain on ‘A Play Is a Poem,’ but there’s no rhyme, no reason," 23 Sep. 2019 The playwriting program at University of California, San Diego, has offered TV instruction for years. New York Times, "Playwrights Are Finding ‘Television Money’ Helps Pay the Bills," 23 Dec. 2019 Both comedies were written by the prolific playwriting team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena theatre’s ‘Doublewide’ a wacky Texas take on Christmas," 6 Dec. 2019

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Playwriting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of playwriting

: the activity of writing plays

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