Asian American Writers' Workshop - Literary Adaptations: A Screenwriting Workshop

Literary Adaptations: A Screenwriting Workshop

with Darine Hotait

Monday, August 13, 2018 6:00pm to Tuesday, September 4, 2018 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

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Four Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm)
Mondays, August 13th, 20th, 27th
and Tuesday, September 4th
Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $225 AAWW Members
Full payment due before first class. Maximum of ten students.

**note: this workshop skips Labor Day Monday, September 3rd. The last session will take place on Tuesday, September 4th.

Why You Should Take This Class: Writer & Director Darine Hotait bridges the gap between literature and cinema with her genuine fascination and devotion to both. This is an intensive 4 session workshop. Sessions are 3 hours long and are designed with an interactive collective approach that engages in group discussions.

Class Description: Writers will be guided through the process of adapting a short story into a short film screenplay by using various hands-on exercises that focus on character development, sequencing of events, plot points, creating conflict and establishing the cinematic language of the story. Participants can either bring the short story that they prefer to adapt or can choose from the stories that we provide. Stories should be maximum 10 pages long and can be written by the writers or other well-known authors.


Darine Hotait is an American Lebanese fiction writer and film director. She has written & directed a number of narrative short films that screened at numerous international film festivals, received multiple Best Fiction Film awards and were acquired and broadcasted on Sundance TV, AMC Networks, BBC & Shorts International. She is the recipient of the Literary Fellowship at New York Foundation for the Arts and the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture Cinema Grant. She was selected at Maison Des Scenaristes (pitching platform at the Cannes Film Festival), was among the top 5 finalists for the Hearst Screenwriting Competition, and was an EMMY Awards Blue Ribbon Finalist. In 2016, she was nominated for the prestigious Goethe Award. Her science fiction prose and stage plays have appeared in various publications as well as curated art exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Beirut and London. Darine has mentored workshops in screenwriting and film directing internationally at prestigious film festivals and organizations such as Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York, Arab World Institute in Paris, Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Med Film Festival in Rome, Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, Mizna Literary Gathering in Minneapolis, Dubai international Writers’ Center in UAE and more. She served as a jury on several short film competitions at festivals like Cinewest in Sydney, Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York, Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam and Lebanese Film Festival. Darine holds a Master’s degree in screenwriting and film directing from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is the founder of Cinephilia Productions in New York - an incubator for the development of filmmakers from the MENA region.Darine is currently developing her debut feature film Like Salt that has recently been selected to participate in the Sundance Rawi Screenwriter’s Lab. She resides in New York City.

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