Michael Chaplin Writers' Masterclass - On Adaptation

Join Monarch of the Glen and Grafters creator Michael Chaplin for a writers’ masterclass on adaptation. Michael’s adaptation of Chris Mullin's Diaries, A Walk On Part is currently running at the Soho Theatre after an acclaimed original production at Live Theatre.

More than ever before, scripts are being adapted from novels, short stories, novels, news items, biographies, and true stories. Major bestsellers are practically guaranteed to be adapted for the screen. Yet many writers view adaptation as a daunting task.

Focusing on Michael’s forthcoming ITV1 Christmas season drama Just Henry – adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Michelle Magorian – the class will use clips from the drama to address in detail at the challenges and rewards of fiction adaptation.

Designed to cast light on how to translate the essential elements of the source material's story arc, theme, characters, and tone into well structured screenplays, subjects covered include:  

  • How to adapt a lengthy novel and avoid ending up with a 200 page screenplay
  • What to include and what to leave out
  • How faithful should you be to the original?
  • What elements to look for in books, plays and stories that will help make good television and films
  • How to address problems in the original without alienating a book's fans

If you would like to attend this class you are very strongly advised also to attend our special preview screening of Just Henry at the Tyneside Cinema on Tues 13 Dec (6.00pm). Click here for more info.

Where: Northern Film & Media, Studio 2, The Kiln, Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE6 1AB.

When: Thursday 15 December; registration from 12.45pm for a 1.00pm start; ends 3.00pm.

To register for a place click here.

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