Script Adaptation Workshop - with Sally Walker


SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017  –  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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The Iowa Motion Picture Association is offering:

Script Adaptation Workshop - with Sally Walker

SATURDAY June 10th, 2017  –  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (New Date!)


Cost: $12.00 IMPA members,                     $48.00 Non-members


The cost includes a full day of instruction, refreshments, lunch, and a workbook


Adapting a book to a screenplay is one way filmmakers and screenwriters can find great success. Novelists and short story writers are to thank for several of the more inventive movies that have came out in 2016. 

For example,  “Elle,” a haunting story about fear, anxiety, and triumph after assault, is based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian.  “Arrival” is based on a short story by sci-fi writer Ted Chiang called “Story of Your Life.”  The very successful TV series, “Justified”, was based on a short story as well.

There are already 16 Book-To-Film Adaptations in 2017, including:

Hidden Figures, the story of Katherine Johnson, a math whiz who boostedNASA’s progress.  Based on Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Live by Night, starring Ben Affleck, who wrote & directed the film.  Based on  Live by Night by Dennis Lehane.

The Circle, starring Tom Hanks & Emma Watson.  Based on The Circle by Dave Eggers.

The Dinner, starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney. Based on The Dinner by Herman Koch.


Do you have a novel you think would adapt well to a screenplay?  Have you ever watched a film version of a favorite book and come away annoyed at the changes and deletions?  Come to this day-long workshop and learn the steps of adaptation that are necessary to transfer one medium into another.  The afternoon will include the analysis and discussion of one successful adaptation. 

Course Outline 
Session One: Identifying Story Fundamentals 
Session Two: Format Fundamentals  
Session Three: Character to Cast Mindset 
Session Four: Cinematic Narrative & Dialogue 
Session Five: Translating Plot to Film 
Session Six: From Log Line to Step-Outline/Beat Sheet 
Session Seven: Message thru Visuals into Budget 
Session Eight: Art of Collaboration 


The Iowa Motion Picture Association is offering this very valuable workshop to our members, partners, students, and the general public. So, come spend the day with us. Network, enjoy lunch, learn a very valuable skill, and leave with a workbook.


Sally Walker: After earning a BFA in creative writing, Sally Walker started her full-time writing career over thirty years ago and quickly won acclaim for her stage plays and screenplays, internationally published poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. lists her novels, as well as two adult literacy anthologies, TELL ME OF LOVE and THE REAL WEST, containing her work. The collection of 365 essays A WRITER’S YEAR came out in electronic format in early 2011 and three screenwriting textbooks (electronic versions) in 2012.

She serves as an annual screenplay judge for film festivals and national competitions.  

Sally is the Editorial Director, The Fiction Works,
Sally also is the Workshop Facilitator,

Wife of a bagpipe-playing, retired engineer and mother of three grown daughters (with a flock of eight grandchildren), this retired critical care R.N. is currently Editorial Director for The Fiction Works, a traditional small publishing company offering electronic, print and audio material. For ten years she was also a staff writer for two international film industry magazines, providing craft articles and interviews. Recommended for her analytical skills by members of the UCLA Film Department, she serves as an annual screenplay judge for one film festival and a national competition. 

Sally is a client of Joel Gotler of IPG in L.A. with 31 screenplays currently on her resume and several of those under consideration at various production companies. The cinematic adaptation of her novel DESERT TIME is being marketed as a mini-series for cable.  Her writing affiliations have included a study-critique group she founded called the Nebraska Writers Workshop, Romance Writers of America, Western Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. She served as the '07-11 president of a state-wide writers organization.  Sally presents writing seminars on a regular basis for her local community college and has taught screenwriting at RT's annual convention and the Moondance International Film Festival, as well as a variety of courses for many on-line sponsors including several chapters of RWA and the eclectic, international list  She has coached over 5,000 students since presenting her first creative writing seminar in 1987. One of her proudest achievements was to have a mentored teen accepted to the NYU Film School in 2013 and a second one in 2016.

Sally’s books at Amazon,, & other venues include
Letting Go of Sacred Things, Desert Time, The Seduction of Temperance,
A Writer's Year, Intro to Screenwriting, Romantic Screenplays 101
Screenwriting Secrets in Genre Film


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