ADAPT: Develop your skills for the screen

Event information

Where: Online

Date: 5 February 2024 - 4 March 2024

Time: 6-7:15pm

Cost: £15, plus booking fee

Type: Skills and professional development

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ADAPT is a new series of webinars exploring how writers can develop their skills in adaptation for the screen.

For our spring 2024 launch, we are offering three webinars to inspire writers to start thinking about ways to adapt their work. Featuring Oscar and BAFTA nominated screenwriters, these sessions are open to writers interested in exploring how to adapt their own play, novel or short story as well as screenwriters wishing to explore the process of adapting other people’s work.

With one £15 ticket, you will receive access to all three webinars.

The Art of Screen Adaptation with Alistair Owen

Monday 5 February 2024
6pm – 7.15pm

In the first of our ADAPT series of talks, well be looking at the fundamentals of screen adaptation with author and screenwriter Alistair Owen. This online session will provide a broad overview of the adaptation process, drawing on Alistairs experience of writing adapted screenplays and of interviewing leading practitioners for his book The Art of Screen Adaptation: Top Writers Reveal Their Craft. This talk is aimed at writers who are taking their first steps towards adapting work for the screen and would like to find out more about the adaptation process and different approaches to it. 

In Conversation with Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Monday 19 February 2024
6pm – 7.15pm

Multi-award winning screenwriter and playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz will be in conversation with Nicole Davis host of Best Girl Grip Podcast to discuss her screenwriting career in particular focusing on her work adapting non-fiction work for the screen. Rebecca is most recently known for writing the BAFTA nominated screenplay She Said starring Carey Mulligan based on the non-fiction book of the same name which explored Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women.  

After starting her career as an actor Rebecca went on to become an acclaimed playwright with highlights including Her Naked Skin which was the first original play written by a living female playwright to be performed on the Olivier stage of the Royal National Theatre. Lenkiewicz went on to write for ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl based on the blog and books by Belle de Jour. 

In Conversation with Hossein Amini

Monday 4 March 2024
6pm – 7.15pm

Acclaimed screenwriter Hossein Amini will be in conversation with Alistair Owen author of The Art of Screen Adaptation to discuss his approaches to screen adaptation in particular focusing on his extensive experience adapting novels for the screen. Hossein was nominated for an Oscar for his adaptation of Henry James’ classic novel Wings of a Dove, which starred Helena Bonham Carter. He also adapted Jude, from Thomas Hardys Jude the Obscure, starring Kate Winslet and Christopher Ecclestone, which won the Edinburgh Film festival prize for Best British Film.  

 In 2011 he wrote the screenplay for Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the BAFTAs 2012. In 2014 Hossein made his directorial debut with his own adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. His limited series, The Alienist, adapted from the novel by Caleb Carr, premiered on TNT in January 2018 and was nominated for an Emmy for best limited series. His critically acclaimed series McMafia, starring James Norton, also premiered in January 2018 on BBC One. The series won the International Emmy for Best Drama Series. Hossein also wrote a screenplay for Star Wars Obi Wan Kenobi which eventually became a limited TV series for Disney Plus.