The Art of Adaptations

Ever wondered how your favorite books and news articles get translated for the screen? In this class, writers will learn the process of adapting works of their choosing into TV and feature length scripts. Through research, pitches, feedback, and writing techniques, students will gain skills and techniques needed to convert their favorite literary and journalistic stories from page to screen.



At age 23, James founded the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival, the nation's largest literary event, with Ken Kesey and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.  An alumnus of the UCLA Writing Program, Dean Richard Walter called him a "sensational writer," and Screenwriting 434's Lew Hunter said "he is one of the four or five best screenwriting teachers in the world."  He's published two #1 National Bestsellers: "1906" A Novel," which Brad Bird may direct before James dies, and "Citizen Jane" which was developed at CBS and Court TV before winding up as Hallmarks only true crime movie.  He is the screenwriter of both.  His musical "27" - about the musicians who created the Counter Culture- currently draws sell-out crowds in Las Vegas.  He co-created the new Stan Lee series "Restless," is co-creator and Executive Producer of "Duality" for Starlings Entertainment, and co-creator of the series "Petrosino" with Tom Fontana, based on James feature Playboy article.  He lives in San Francisco.   His previous pitching seminars at Expo have all been SRO. 

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