Adaptation For Screenwriters I


Learn how screenwriters can adapt literary work into scripts in this two-part series.


What you can learn.

  • Identify a powerful source text ripe for adaptation in a visual medium
  • Create an outline for your script as you learn to make adaptation choices
  • Develop skills essential to successful, popular adaptations that speak to audiences

About this course:

The first part in a two-part sequence designed for writers who want to focus on adapting literary material, fiction or nonfiction, into films and television pilots. The goal is to help you develop the skills associated with adaptation so vital in the current industry and your unique voice and style. This course introduces screenwriters, writers of fiction and drama, and creators of new media to the aesthetic and techniques of creating visual, dramatically compelling scripts. Your major project is to complete and polish an outline and the opening scene of your script based on a public domain material from literary, theatrical, mythical, and traditional sources. The participant may also work other available material, including biographies, fact-based, and personal material. In addition, you learn how to source for original material and the attaining of rights, including life rights. The scripts can be preparation for Adaptation II, in which full-length features and television pilots will be developed and written.

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