S158. Words Into Pictures: Adapting Literary Works for Film and TV

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


For screenwriters looking to adapt other writers’ material (novels, short stories, comics, plays, bios, etc.), or writers interested in adapting their own work or having it optioned for the screen, this panel will explore the unique and challenging requirements of visual storytelling and provide successful strategies for adapting pre-existing source material for movies and TV.


Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is a filmmaker whose work has screened at theaters in the US, Canada, and Europe. She teaches screenwriting at Lesley University, Northeastern University, Lasell College and Grub Street Center for Creative Writing, Her new film Nothing is Truer than Truth premiered in 2018.

Brian Price is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked with major studios and independent producers from around the world. He teaches screenwriting at University of California, Los Angeles, Yale University, and Johns Hopkins University, and is the author of Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting.

Samuel W. Gailey is the critically acclaimed author of Deep Winter, which has been optioned by producer Kim Zubick (The Zookeeper's Wife). Before he was a novelist, he worked as a screenwriter for Showtime and Fox. His upcoming novel, The Guilt We Carry, is in negotiations as a French TV movie.

Ayn Gailey is the author of Pornology, slated to be adapted into film. She has an EdM from Harvard, an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, and has written for Fox/Showtime. As a Book Whisperer, her work has earned spots on The New York Times bestseller list. Ayn is on the board of the Orcas Island Lit Fest.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center