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Demystifying Adaptation: From Bookshelf to Big Screen

Jeanne Bowerman will cover in this live webinar why Hollywood loves intellectual property, what makes a book attractive for adaptation, and how to cut down a full-size novel into a two-hour story.
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Adapting a book for the screen can be a daunting process for both author and screenwriter. The reality is, having realistic expectations of what the adaptation process looks like is essential.

Jeanne Bowerman adapted the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, into both a feature screenplay and a limited series, pitching it to major production companies and studios. She’ll share with you the process of adaptation, working with an author, and the importance of a collaborative mindset.

In this live webinar, Jeanne will cover why Hollywood loves intellectual property, what makes a book attractive for adaptation, and how to cut down a full-size novel into a two-hour story.

Whether you’re a screenwriter looking to adapt or a novelist wanting to know the realities of getting your own story to the screen, it’s time to demystify the adaptation process.

Course Runs: Wed, Nov 2nd 2022 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm PDT

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Why Hollywood loves intellectual property
  • The fundamentals of adapting a novel into a screenplay
  • Working with an author or screenwriter
  • How to find books to adapt
  • How to slice and dice a lengthy book into the proper length
  • The realities of how Hollywood works with writers

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who are looking to collaborate
  • Novelists who want to see their book as a movie or TV show
  • Novelists who have an interest in understanding screenwriting
  • Screenwriters who want to find books to adapt
  • Writers looking to learn about the adaptation process
  • Novelists wanting to adapt their books themselves
  • Writers who want to increase their portfolios
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Learn from an expert instructor!

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Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is an Executive at Pipeline Media Group, Editor-in-Chief of Pipeline Artists, co-host of the Pipeline Artists original podcast, Reckless Creatives, Senior Executive Book Pipeline, former Editor-in-Chief of Script magazine and a former Senior Editor at Writer's Digest, where she wrote the regular screenwriting column, Take Two, for Writer's Digest print magazine. Recognized as one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers," her Script magazine column "Balls of Steel" was selected as recommended reading by Universal Writers Program. A compilation of her articles is now available, Balls of Steel: The Screenwriter's Mindset. She is also Co-Founder of Writers Strong as well as Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal.

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