In this advanced writing workshop, students will examine and practice screen adaptation through written assignments, workshop discussions and lectures. Each student will choose a short story and a novel to adapt. Over the course of the semester, students will adapt the short story twice: once transposing, once transforming. They will also prepare a written treatment in which they develop their take on the adaptation of the novel. The guiding questions for the course: How does film narrative differ from prose narrative? What transformations, accomodations, and outright trickery are required to render a preexisting narrative into a screenplay?