R152. Adaptation: Transform Your Novel into a Marketable Screenplay

Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


This panel will show novelists exactly what they need to do when translating their work into a script for screen. Writers will leave with concrete strategies such as telescoping plot as well as sharpening theme and character arc in order to transform their fiction into a fantastic film.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Adaptation_AWP_2020_LKW_TP_AB_AO_POSTED.pdf



Leslie Kreiner Wilson, PhD, is a produced screenwriter and directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television at Pepperdine University. Her recent publications include fiction as well as essays on early screenwriters Frances Marion, Anita Loos, and Mae West in various academic journals.

Andrea Baltazar is an assistant professor of communication at Weber State University, where she teaches audio production, editing, and documentary filmmaking. She’s also a writer/director of a short film entitled Urban Uber. She graduated from Pepperdine University with an MFA in screenwriting.

Andrés Orozco is the writer/director of various award winning films, including Yo Soy Tu Niña, God Speaks Spanish, and 16 Summers. He is an assistant professor at Weber State University, where he teaches digital media, screenwriting, and oversees film production. He's also a working SAG actor.

Tom Provost wrote Under Suspicion starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. It was nominated for an Edgar Award. He wrote and directed The Presence starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. The film won numerous best picture and best director awards. He is an honors graduate from UT Austin.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center