play·​writ·​ing ˈplā-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce playwriting (audio)
variants or less commonly playwrighting
: the writing of plays

Examples of playwriting in a Sentence

He gave classes in playwriting and poetry.
Recent Examples on the Web Hairston who has also written the books: Mindscape, Redwood and Wildfire, Will Do Magic For Small Change, Master of Poisons has an extensive background in playwriting and theater, as well as in teaching African and African-American literature. Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 25 Apr. 2024 Relationships are at the core of Wilson’s playwriting, and the community of family and friends is beautifully realized in this production. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The craft of directing and Chekhov’s playwriting are thus strongly linked. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 According to playwright Octavio Solis, by drawing inspiration from El Paso Jan. 31, 2024 (Jeff Lorch) How have your years writing for television benefited your playwriting? Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2024 Many of the shows therefore also gave up the haste that characterizes so much of modern playwriting. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2023 Both productions showcase Hatcher’s playwriting skill at its finest, but where Chalk Circle’s production is edgy and minimalist, North Coast Rep’s is expansive and lavishly produced. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2023 The piece was written during such a specific moment in American playwriting, where the things artists wanted to say were addressed directly. Juan A. Ramírez, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2023 Breuer was more adept at working out his ideas in his staging than in his playwriting. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of playwriting was in 1702

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“Playwriting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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