Summer Craft Intensive: Elaine Hsieh Chou


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How to Successfully Adapt Your Own IP for the Screen with Elaine Hsieh Chou
Saturday, July 6th
1 PM – 4 PM PST/ 4 PM – 7 PM EST

An author’s IP is precious and for that reason, is highly sought after in the world of TV and film. Today, more and more authors want to adapt their own IP—but how do you get started? What makes a successful book-to-screen adaptation, both conceptually and on the page? What are common craft mistakes that prose writers make when transitioning to screenwriting? And what do you have to know in order to protect yourself and your work?

The objective of this craft class is to empower and enable writers to adapt their own work for TV and film using practical, industry-level tools and hands-on insider information. The class is structured into four components: 

1) An introduction to the world of book-to-screen adaptation, including foundational knowledge and clear steps for writers to take, from A-Z.

2) A craft component zeroing in on what makes a successful book-to-screen adaptation, that will also include workshopping participant loglines in break-out rooms. 

3) The honest, nitty-gritty and business side of adaptation.

4) A Q&A session.

This craft class is geared towards writers of all genres and forms (short stories, novels, memoirs, comic books, etc) who have published or unpublished works that they are interested in adapting. I believe in empowering writers to retain full creative control over their own work and want to share everything I’ve learned on my journey from author to screenwriter with fellow writers! 

NOTE: This is not a screenwriting course that teaches prose writers how to write and/or format scripts. The craft component of the class will focus specifically on how to successfully adapt a work of prose into a TV series pilot script or feature film script.

We have one scholarship available for this intensive. Scholarships are conducted through a lottery. If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out this form.


BIO: Elaine Hsieh Chou is a Taiwanese American author and screenwriter from California. Her debut novel DISORIENTATION (Penguin Press) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice Book, an NPR Best Book of 2022 and an NYPL Young Lions Finalist. The novel was optioned by AppleTV+ the same month it was released. A former Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow at NYU and NYFA Artist Fellow, her Pushcart Award-winning short fiction appears in Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Tin House Online, Ploughshares, The Atlantic and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2023 Fred R. Brown Literary Award.

Elaine’s hour-long TV series GET HOME SAFE was selected for the 2023 Sundance Episodic Lab. She is in development on an animated half-hour series, BANANA TREE GHOST, with Legendary Entertainment, based on her short story of the same name. She is also adapting DISORIENTATION and her short story BACKGROUND into feature films.