4-Week: Reading as a Writer--Adaptation


Because prose and film offer different storytelling tools and require different storytelling choices, the juxtaposition of a book with its film adaptation can provide a laboratory for examining the effects of alternative narrative decisions and formats. In this class we will focus on what we can learn about writing, narrative, and storytelling by studying and discussing the following: The Third Man, the movie, along with the novella by Graham Greene; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, the movie, along with the novel by Muriel Spark; Arrival, the movie, along with the short story, "Story of Your Life," by Ted Chiang; and Adaptation, the movie, along with The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean.

Required Texts:

The Third Man, by Graham Greene*

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark*

The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean*

"Story of Your Life," from Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang (this story will be provided by the instructor in a pdf) 

*Copies of these books are available to Lighthouse students at a 10% discount at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse and they will direct you to where the books are shelved.

Please Note: This class meets every other Thursday. We'll no longer be reading The Heart of Darkness or watching Apocalypse Now.  

Upcoming Sessions:
  • Spring 2017
    Instructor: Nick Arvin, MFA
    Starts: 03/23/2017
    Time(s): 6:30 to 8:30 PM

    Cost: $195.00 members / $220.00 non-members
    Location: RM. 301 (The Attic) - Lighthouse Writers Workshop
    1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206
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