Tutors: Beth Serlin
Date: Monday, February 29th, 2016
Duration: 5 Days – 29th February – 4th March 2016
Venue: Dublin TBC
Cost: €350


The goal of this course is to explore the process of successfully adapting pre-existing material to the big screen. Participants will analyse how a variety of source materials – including novel, stage play, short stories and history – can transform into a powerful cinema story. Group discussions will explore the unique challenges of each source. Participants will also explore the process by adapting pre-assigned short stories and discussing the results. By combining the creative and analytic, writers will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to adapt stories from one medium to another. There will be a case study on the multi Oscar-nominated Room.

The course will explore the following:

  • Where stories come from
  • Conceptualisation
  • Comparative adaptation
  • Adaptations from novels (case study: Room)
  • And adaptations from plays, history/articles, short stories and comics/graphic novels.

The course is designed for experienced screen writers and development executives. Ideally participants will have an adaptation project currently in development. Applications from directors attached to adaptation projects will also be considered. Please note that the course is intensive – there will be preparation material in advance, and assignments throughout the week.

Please apply online at with your current CV.
The Deadline for applications is Friday the 5th of February.
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