HOW TO TURN YOUR IDEA FOR A NOVEL INTO A SCREENPLAY
The BEST COURSE CHOICE for those who want to master the art of adaptation!
In this lively and fun course, author and mentor Steve Alcorn teams up with novelist and screenwriter Dani Alcorn to show you how to achieve success. During the past two decades, Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their stories, and many are now in print. You can be next!
Books by your instructor, Steve Alcorn
Do you have a novel or an idea for a novel that would make a great movie? Has someone asked you to adapt their novel or short story for television or the movies? This course shows you how to create and market a screenplay based upon a book. You'll discover how to take that prose and turn it into a script, using:
- Story Structure
- Character Building
Screenplays have different requirements from novels. They are more visual, and your characters need to keep active and immersed in conflict. We'll use an actual project to give you real examples of the decisions we made in adapting a novel to a screenplay.
The accompanying e-textbook (free with Kindle Unlimited) contains the complete novel, plus the first and final drafts of the screenplay. You'll be able to follow along in the book and the screenplay, to see what we changed, and why we changed it.
You'll also learn:
- The Do's and Don'ts of screenplays
- Screenplay formatting
- To Develop a Pitch, Logline and Synopsis
- How to Market Your Screenplay
More than 100 students have taken this course and rated it 5 out of 5 stars!
Whether you're a first time screenwriter or are looking for techniques to polish your skills, this course will give you all the tools you need to adapt any novel into a potential Hollywood blockbuster. Enroll now!
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.
Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.
During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:
- A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
- How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
- Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.
What people are saying...
"This course grounded me well in the ability to adapt my writing from novel to screen play. I was quickly able to focus on differences and application of story and scene in the two genres.The content is understandable and informative. The instruction is very engaging. This course exceeds my expectations."
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A few of our favorite student reviews:
"If you have an idea for a book, but just can't get it together, this is the class for you. Steve Alcorn gives you the tools and the confidence to pull your ideas together and give them structure. Before you know it, you are inspired and writing. What a class! Steve Alcorn is a gifted instructor."
"It was nice to have an instructor who wasn't afraid to have fun right along with the students. For me, it created a relaxed environment where even the smallest question never felt out of place or foolish."
"I've told people that this class was life-changing when it comes to my ability to structure and complete a work of fiction. I always became blocked and wondered how people knew where their story was going next and how to make sure they were headed in the right direction. This answered all my questions and forced me to get to work on my idea. All around fantastic - worth every penny!"
"Can you see me? I'm giving you a standing ovation! Haven't done this much thinking, rethinking, breaking pencils, and eventually cheering since I graduated from college. Thank you for an inspiring and brilliant class!"