Writing the Ten-Minute Play

Writing the Ten-Minute Play

A Book for Playwrights and Actors Who Want to Write Plays
by Glenn Alterman


MONTCLAIR, NJ—Ten-minute play festivals have become increasingly popular with theaters over the last few years. Short plays are inexpensive to produce, but immensely entertaining to watch. Short play festivals also attract large audiences because so many writers, actors, and directors are involved. As a playwright, it’s also a great way to introduce yourself to a theater or theater company, whether you usually write one-acts or full-length plays.

Writing the Ten-Minute Play (Limelight Editions, April 2013, $19.99) by award-winning playwright and actor Glenn Alterman uses personal experience and tried methods (from Aristotle and Gustav Freytag) to cover every aspect of writing your first ten-minute play, from generating an idea to rewrites and completion. It also includes advice on marketing, readings, festivals, and publication. Alterman states:

“My purpose in writing this book was not only to instruct, but to inspire. The point of the book, the reason I wrote it, was to encourage you, whether you’re a beginning playwright, an experienced playwright, an actor with no playwriting experience, or someone who’s never written a play. Whether you aspire to write short plays, one-acts, or full-lengths, this book is designed to help you get your start. Good luck.”

The bulk of Writing the Ten-Minute Play addresses issues with writing and developing the script. Alterman gives advice on how to combat writers block and how to format a script. He guides the reader through developmental areas of a story, such as character, objective, action, setting, structure, story, and endings, all of which can be used later as a kind of checklist for playwrights as they continue with the ten-minute form in the future.

Also included in this book:

  • Extensive list of ten-minute play contests
  • In-depth interviews with international playwrights who have had substantial success with their ten-minute plays, as well as publishers of ten-minute plays and producers of ten-minute play festivals
  • Several award-winning ten-minute plays and discussions by the respective playwrights on how they went about creating their plays from start to finish
  • Tips and suggestions from artistic directors of ten-minute play festivals and well-known playwrights whose ten-minute plays have received awards and publishing deals


GlenAlterman_AuthorPhotoGlenn Alterman (New York) is an award-winning playwright, the author of 25 best-selling theater-related books, a screenwriter, an actor, and a highly respected monologue/audition acting coach. He was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and has worked extensively in regional theater as well as Off-Broadway and television. Alterman is the winner of 44 playwriting competitions, including the prestigious Arts and Letters Award in Drama. His ten-minute plays have appeared in many annual Best 10-Minute Plays anthologies, and have received hundreds of productions, both in the United States and abroad. He is available for interview.

April 9, 2013
6” x 9”
180 pages
Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

10-min 00314944



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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