Writing Adaptations for the Screen [Online] May 2020

This event took place on May 4, 2020

Sliding scale, $0-50

Please pay what you can; proceeds support our teaching artists and our move to a virtual platform!

Duration: 2h
Instructor: Kevin Rexroat


Experience Level: All

6:00pm to 8:00pm PDT

In this workshop you’ll gain a clear understanding of what an adaptation is, and how to move from idea to being ready to write one. Whether you have a book or poem in mind that you’d like to adapt, or are interested in finding one, learning the process, legal, and creative aspects is a valuable tool for writers, directors, and producers. This workshop will provide a framework you can use to think through the creative process and intellectual property rights for your future collaborations.


  • What makes something an adaptation
  • How adaptations differ from their original works
  • What are the differences between rights and an option
  • How to approach authors and publishers
  • How to acquire rights
  • How to select a story you can adapt
  • How to combine characters
  • How to write visually

– Register through BrownPaperTickets as usual.
– 1 hour before the workshop, NWFF will send a link to your registered e-mail address. (Don’t see it? Check your spam filter.)
– If by 30 minutes prior to the workshop, you have not received an e-mail with details, please contact jonah@nwfilmforum.org for a quick follow-up. (But please, check your spam!)
– This workshop will be conducted via video chat over Zoom. You’ll need a computer or smartphone to attend, and we recommend headphones. You can create a free account ahead of time. We’ll send a follow email with a guide once you register.

Kevin Rexroat

Kevin Rexroat

Kevin Rexroat has been hired to write and rewrite several features and TV pilots, and he’s adapted four fiction and non-fiction books for the screen. His screenplays and teleplays have finished as high as the finals in competitions including Emerging Screenwriters, Final Draft’s Big Break, Scriptapalooza, and The Oaxaca Film Festival. He has screened films, read screenplays, and appeared on panels for the Austin Film Festival, The Tacoma Film Festival, and The Destiny City Film Festival. He’s represented by Gayla Nethercott of The Nethercott Agency.

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