This course is for writers interested in the art of film adaptation. Participants will begin the process of adapting their own work (or someone else’s) into a screenplay. We will look at how other writers have handled adapting their own or others’ original work—from Diana Ossana and Larry McMultry’s adaptation of Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain, to Charlie Kaufman’s looser interpretation of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief, to video poems and fairy tale adaptations. You may come to class with something in mind that you would like to adapt, but you do not have to have made any firm decisions before we meet. Participants will complete all work (the beginnings of a screenplay) over the weekend and will receive feedback from both the instructor and the group.
Anna Morrison is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia. She is a 2014 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize finalist, a recipient of the Friedman Fellowship from The University of Iowa, and a 2014 Yaddo Residency Fellow. Anna has taught creative writing at The University of Iowa, the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, and to students through the Iowa Youth Writing Project and the International Writing Program. Her work has appeared in Pacifica Literary Review, The Moth, Handsome, and The Journal, and is forthcoming in Ploughshares. Currently she lives in Iowa City with her 2-year-old son and teaches Screenwriting at The University of Iowa.