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In today’s world the book competes with the increasing popularity of visual media. Film can be an entry for some readers to the world of literature, while other readers are often drawn to film by familiarity with a book. At the 2012 Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, several North Carolina writers whose literary works have been adapted into film will explore how film can both enhance and distract from the meaning of the written word. As Americans steadily turn away from reading and more toward cinema and television, the ENCLH strives to reemphasize the value of the written word, while recognizing the value of visual media as a catalyst toward that end.

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Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms

Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration presented to James Applewhite, with Tributes and Music by Jeffrey Franklin, Sally Rosen Kindred, and Luke Whisnant

Presentation of the North Carolina Literary Review’s James Applewhite Poetry Prize by James Applewhite

Presentation by Timothy Tyson "Turning Literature into Film"

, 8AM–4PM
Joyner Library Exhibit Gallery (2nd Floor)

8:00–8:30 am                       

8:30–9:00 am                      
Opening Remarks

9:00–10:30 am                       

Plenary Session: The Blockbuster, the Independent Film, and the Made-for-TV Movie: Different Venues, Different Audiences
Charles Frazier, Timothy Tyson and James Dodson
Some literary works make it to the silver screen, while others are enjoyed on the small screen in the comfort of our living rooms. Regardless of where a book’s visual adaptation is seen, a variety of audiences will experience the original stories, which may ultimately draw them to the books. Charles Fraizer, author of Cold Mountain, will discuss the 2003 adaption of his bestselling novel. Timothy Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name, will discuss how independent films, such as the one based on his book, can reach target audiences, even though they might have a limited viewership. James Dodson, author of Faithful Travelers, will discuss the book’s television adaptation, Dodson’s Journey, and its relationship to the book and its audience, as well as why it was selected for TV instead of another medium.                      

Workshop #1*
Poetry Writing

Eleanora E. Tate
Eleanora E. Tate will demonstrate how to create a story and present it in a manner that captures the attention of the youth of today.

10:45–12:15 am           
Workshop #2
Writing Memoir and Creative Confiction

James Dodson
James Dodson will demonstrate how to utilize storytelling prose to captivate readers while conveying memories and events from real life.

Workshop #3*
Writing the Screenplay

Daniel Wallace
Participants in this workshop will learn the elements of screenwriting and artistic license when adapting a literary work for a film.

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10:45–12:00 am           
Films Based on Children's and Young Adult Literature: How the Youth Audience Has Shaped Both the Literary and Film Industries

Eleanora E. Tate and Lois Duncan
Books and films alike appeal to many different target audiences, and those audiences change with the times. Children are no exception, and in today's world with daytime TV for young people and the exponential growth of computer animation, children are immersed in the visual media. Eleanora E. Tate, author of Just an Overnight Guest, will discuss the artistic decisions that went in to the adaptation of a children's book about personal conflict and jealousy into a heartwarming, award-winning TV movie. Lois Duncan, author of Hotel for Dogs, will discuss adapting a comedic story into a full length feature film. The authors will also discuss how these films can leave children and young adults wanting to read the books on which they are based.

12:15–2:00 pm           
LUNCH (in the Mendenhall Student Center)*
Reading by
Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish

2:15–3:45 pm            
Student Shorts based on Literature
Elisabeth Benfey, Dante James and Randall Kenan
During this session, the audience will watch two short films based on stories by North Carolina writers. Filmmaker Dante James will then talk about his work in adapting Charles Chesnutt’s “The Doll” and Elisabeth Benfey will talk about her Duke students’ adaptation of Randall Kenan’s “The Foundations of the Earth.” These panelists will address audience questions about adapting literature and filmmaking, and Randall Kenan will address “what it is like” to watch what were once images in his head--and then words on the page--become images on a screen.

2:15–3:45 pm                       
Workshop #4*
Poetry Writing

Jeffrey Franklin
North Carolina Literary Review Poetry Editor Jeffrey Franklin will conduct a poetry writing workshop in which he will help participants recognize the importance of the poetic line and the original (rather than cliché) image, two common problems he has seen in submissions to NCLR over the years. Participants will have a chance to hear others’ work and to interact with their peers in a workshop setting.

2:15–3:45 pm                       
Workshop #5*
How to Build a Story

Lois Duncan
Lois Duncan will lead participants through the process of developing character and plot to keep the reader interested and focused on the story.  Participants will have the opportunity to begin to write their own stories and receive feedback from both participants and the facilitator.

4:00 pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Charles Frazier
author of Cold Mountain

*Participants must preregister for writing workshops and for the luncheon. To register, click here or on the registration tab to the left.


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