Hillary DePiano

playwright, fiction and non-fiction author

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The Love of Three Oranges changes lives (ok, fine, maybe just one life)

The Love of Three Oranges changes lives (ok, fine, maybe just one life)

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Playwriting, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

Did you see this awesome profile of J’Kalein Madison, a young actor making a splash in the local theatre scene in Waterloo, Iowa? What’s particularly cool is that Madison is a graduate of Waterloo West High School and had this to say about his theatre experience there: Madison originally planned to study law. That changed in his junior year when he...

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From the mailbag: When does your play need an editor & when should you copyright?

From the mailbag: When does your play need an editor & when should you copyright?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

Hi Hillary, I’m an author and I’ve worked with editors/publishers with my book. I understand that process but as a new playwright, I’m not sure how to go about getting my 3 plays critiqued, edited and proofread. I’m an indie author and self publish but I’m not sure about self-publishing my 3 plays. I’ve researched...

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Break into YA writing by starting with the stage before the page

Break into YA writing by starting with the stage before the page

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

If you’re a YA writer having trouble breaking in, you might be better off getting started with writing YA plays first. I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for ages but then this question came in from the mailbag which gave me the perfect opportunity to discuss it. I came across your website because I am just getting into playwriting,...

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“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

I covered this already in my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series in another post but this is far and away the most frequently asked question on this series so let’s have another go at it, shall we? “What if someone tries to perform my play without permission?” TD; DR Version: People will try to perform your play without paying no matter...

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Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

Here’s another one from the old mailbag about self-publishing a stage play… I recently read your article about self-publishing and wanted to reach out and ask. I recently saw that several contests for schools require schools to perform one-act plays (under 30 minutes and some contests state only plays of 10-15 minutes will be accepted) but...

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How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Despite the fact that life with a new baby is chaos and we’ve got the multipliers of a preschooler and having just moved to monkey wrench the whole dealie, I feel like I’m doing much better than I did after my first daughter was born. Not just from a mental health and personal juggling standpoint, which is leagues better than it was last time...

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