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Book To Film

  • Saturday, November 04, 2023
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • The Mizell Center, 480 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262


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Announcing our next In-Person Workshop

Book To Film
Stephen Molton

About Stephen Molton

Stephen Molton is a screenwriter, author, librettist, producer, professor, and former film executive.  He has written movies and miniseries for Showtime Networks, New Line Cinema, Paramount Television and Viacom Productions. 

Among his many accomplishments is the adaptation of the novel, Border Crossing, by Pat Barker into the film, The Drowning, starring Josh Charles and Julia Stiles.

His books include Brave Talk (Harper/Collins) and Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros and the Politics of Murder (Bloomsbury USA), co-written with Gus Russo and nominated by its publisher for the Pulitzer Prize.  

He lives in Rancho Mirage and New York City. 

Description of talk:

Book To Film:  The Art & Craft of Literary Adaptation


  1. You will learn the process of finding your personal connection with any given story.
  2. You will learn to identify themes and the story’s essentials when adapting one literary form to another.
  3. You will learn the unique challenges of adapting various forms (whether a play, a novel, a short story, a news story, etc.) into a screenplay.
  4. You will learn the parameters of adaptation, the degree of “poetic license” a writer can take while still preserving the original work.
  5. You will learn to structure the original story as a screenplay in 7 Acts.


To receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation processing fee, attendees must cancel their registration 5 days before the event. No refunds will be given after that time. To cancel your registration, go to and click on the blue icon at the top right of any page. Enter user name and password and click "LOG IN". On the next screen click "My event registrations". Select event and cancel registration. 

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Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. 

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago