FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7PM
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"
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 8AM–4PM
Joyner Library Exhibit Gallery (2nd Floor)
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.
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.
Writing Memoir and Creative Confiction
James Dodson will demonstrate how to utilize storytelling prose to captivate readers while conveying memories and events from real life.
Writing the Screenplay
Participants in this workshop will learn the elements of screenwriting and artistic license when adapting a literary work for a film.
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.
LUNCH (in the Mendenhall Student Center)*
Reading by Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish
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.
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.
How to Build a Story
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.
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.