Page to Screen: The Art of Writing for Film and Television

Writers on Screenwriting: The Art of Writing for Film and Television

The New York Public Library
Wednesday, February 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Join novelist and Vice President of the Authors Guild Richard Russo for a discussion about the creative challenges involved in writing for the big and small screens. The author of Nobody’s Fool, which was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, and Empire Falls, which was adapted for HBO, will be joined by three fiction writers who have straddled both book and film worlds to discuss the process of adapting one’s own works as well as writing original screenplays collaboratively: Ron Currie, screenwriter, novelist, and author of NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award winner God is Dead; Rebecca Dinerstein, whose adaptation of her own novel The Sunlit Night premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; and Emily Schultz, best-selling author of The Blondes, currently in development at AMC, for which she is the Executive Producer.

Ron Currie is the author of the novels Everything Matters! and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and the short story collection God is Dead, which was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently has two televisions projects in development, one with Circle of Confusion Television Studios, one with Gran Via Productions. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of two novels, The Sunlit Night and forthcoming Hex, and a poetry collection, Lofoten. A graduate of Yale and the New York University’s M.F.A. program, Dinerstein wrote the screenplay for the The Sunlit Night film adaptation, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Emily Schultz is the cofounder of Joyland Magazine and the author of the novel The Blondes, released in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press and Picador, in France with Editions Asphalte, and in Canada with Doubleday. It was named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Kirkus. The Blondes is in development with AMC Studios, with Schultz as co-creator with her writing partner Brian J Davis. They are also adapting her novel Men Walking on Water for series.

Date & Time

Wed, Feb 27, 2019
6:30PM – 8:00PM EST


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