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Fall 2018-2019
CWR 448 / VIS 448 (LA)   P/D/F Only

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

Christina Lazaridi


This course will introduce students to Screenwriting Adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting "true stories" pulled from various non-fiction sources. The class will address the ethics of adaptation, questions and techniques surrounding the need to fictionalize truth for dramatic purposes, as well as touching on the differences between fictional and nonfictional original materials. Students will be exposed to various contemporary non-fiction adaptations, and will write a short film (under 15 pages) and one longer project (30 pages).

Sample reading list:
Andy Bienan and Kimberly Pierce, Boys Don't Cry (Script)
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Joshua Morrison, Maria Full of Grace (Script)
Lynn Barber, An Education
Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly participation in table-top readings and critiques of peer materials. Active participation in film clip and screenplay text analyses. Completion of first screenplay. Completion and revision of final short screenplay (20-30 minutes). 60 pages of reading per week.

Papers - 85%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Graduate Students.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Interested students complete a creative writing application (please visit the program website) by attaching a statement about why they want to take the course and, optionally, a 3-4 page creative writing sample in any genre. Application deadline is April 16, 2018. Accepted students will be able to enroll in Tiger Hub May 21st to 25th..

Other information:
This course is open to both advanced and beginning students of screenwriting. All students should purchase or have access to Final Draft or equivalent screenwriting software.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22024 C01 01:30:00 pm - 03:50:00 pm Th   New South Building   606   Enrolled:9 Limit:10