The Book Was Better...or Was It?: Adapting Your Novel into a Screenplay or Play

Room 2103A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Demystify the journey of adapting your novel into a viable screenplay or play. As a novelist, you allow your readers an insight into characters' thoughts and inner monologues; yet, to be a successful screenwriter or playwright, you must master the craft of turning the internal into the visual. We will give you the structural, formatting, dialogue, and character tricks of the trade, and building blocks to successfully adapt your novel into a viable screenplay, teleplay or play.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_book_was_better._._._or_was_it_.pdf



Guadalupe García McCall is the author of four award-winning YA novels. She is the recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpré Author Award, a Westchester Young Adult Fiction Award, and the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award. She is a full-time writer and lives in South Texas.

Colette Freedman is is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter whose work has been published/ produced all over the world. Her film 7000 Miles starring Wendie Malick is currently on the festival circuit and she recently was the dramaturg at Carnegie Hall with Mozart Her Story, the new musical.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center