Dwight V. Swain

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Dwight V Swain c.1951
Swain's novella "Drummers of Daugavo" was the cover story for the March 1943 issue of Fantastic Adventures, illustrated by Robert Gibson Jones

Dwight Vreeland Swain (November 17, 1915 – February 24, 1992), born in Rochester, Michigan, was an American author, screenwriter and teacher. Swain is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.[1]

Career[edit]

His first published story was "Henry Horn's Super Solvent", which appeared in Fantastic Adventures in 1941. He contributed stories in the science fiction, mystery, Western, and action adventure genres to a variety of pulp magazines. His first published book was The Transposed Man (1955), which appeared as Ace Double D-113, bound dos-à-dos with J.T. McIntosh's One in Three Hundred.[2] In the 1960s, he scripted a motion picture, Stark Fear, starring Beverly Garland and Keith Toby.

Teaching[edit]

He joined the staff in the extremely successful Professional Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma, training writers of commercial fiction and film. He pioneered scripting documentaries and educational/instructional films using dramatic techniques, rather than the previously common talking heads.

He later wrote non-fiction books about writing, including Techniques of the Selling Writer; Film Scriptwriting; Creating Characters: How to Build Story People; and Scripting for Video and Audiovisual Media, and was much in demand as a speaker at writers' conferences throughout the US and Mexico.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame Archived 2016-11-08 at the Wayback Machine 7 November 2013
  2. ^ askmar publishing 28 May 2013
  3. ^ askmar publishing 28 May 2013

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