From Novel to Screen

Rooms 335-336, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


It’s the dream of most writers to see their work on the screen—be it silver or plasma. Luckily, as streaming expands, there’s a growing need for content, especially when connected to intellectual property like, you got it, a book! This panel includes novelists at all stages of bringing their book to the screen—from filming a “proof of concept” to optioning a novel to seeing it become a film. Join us to chat about agents vs. managers, approaches to adaptation, options, production, and premieres.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2023_AWP_novel_to_film_final_Outline.pdf



Shawn Wong is the author of two novels, Homebase and American Knees, and the editor or coeditor of six anthologies of Asian American and American multicultural literature. He is professor of English and the Byron and Alice Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the University of Washington.

tammy lynne stoner is an award-winning screenwriter and author of the novel Sugar Land (Red Hen Press, 2018) who creates gritty, queer-centric stories. She is also the publisher of Gertrude journal, lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with her three kids, four pets, and one ladyfriend, and is most often found in the tub.

Carter Sickels is the author of the novels The Prettiest Star and The Evening Hour. He is assistant professor of creating writing at Eastern Kentucky University.

Johanna Stoberock is the author of the novels Pigs and City of Ghosts. The 2019 recipient of the Artist Trust/Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award, 2016 Runner Up for the Italo Calvino Prize for Fiction, and a 2012 Jack Straw Fellow, her work has appeared in the Best of the Net anthology and elsewhere.


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