From Page to Screen: Adapting Books Into Screenplays

From Page to Screen: Adapting Books Into Screenplays is designed offer tips to aspiring and established writers on how to transform novels, non-fiction books and articles into scripts for television and feature films. With the insider’s point-of-view of experienced authors and screenplay writers, attendees will also receive practical advice on successfully navigating – and surviving – the Hollywood development labyrinth.
JANICE RHOSHALLE LITTLEJOHN (Moderator) is a journalist, author and producer. A longtime columnist for the Associated Press, her work has appeared in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Essence, among others. She is a regular contributor to Emmy, the official magazine of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The co-author of Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture, and Creed, Janice is writing the screenplay adaptation of the book for State Street Pictures (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, Men of Honor, Soul Food). She is also producing the documentary film, “…but can she play?”: Blowin’ the Roof Off Women Horn Players and Jazz, a Pasadena Arts Council EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Project. Follow on Twitter @JaniceRhoshalle



MARILYN BEKER (Panelist) is the senior Screenwriting Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and author of The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies and Screenwriting With A Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters. She has written extensively for all forms of media--especially television and film--and works internationally as a writer, script consultant, television producer, commentator, commedienne and broadcast and print journalist. She is a member of the Writer's Guild of America and lectures internationally on ethics in screenwriting and film making.


MISHNA WOLFF (Panelist) is a writer and humorist living in Los Angeles. She’s originally from Seattle, but made her way to New York in her twenties. For the next several years she appeared on stage at the old Luna Lounge, and Upright Citizens Brigade, honing her comedic skills and performing her personal essays. She has been featured on VH1, Comedy Central, Air America and NPR. Her one-person show “I’m Down” was the basis for her memoir of the same name. The book is her hilarious dysfunctional-family story about growing up in an all-black neighborhood and her struggle to fit in. She is writing the screenplay adaption of the book for an independent feature film in association with Sundance.



RICHARD KREVOLIN (Panelist) is the author of How to Adapt Anything Into A Screenplay, Screenwriting From The Soul, Pilot Your Life, Screenwriting in the Land of Oz, and Be The Hero Of Your Story (with Eliana Barbosa). He is also the writer of several young adult novels and over 20 stage plays, many of which have been produced all over the country. He has several scripts in development including SAFER with Tom DeSanto Productions (X-Men, Transformers). He has consulted on hundreds of TV commercials, and conducts writer’s workshops and corporate storytelling seminars throughout the world. He recently finished writing, directing and producing Marking Light in Terezin, a feature length documentary film. Follow on Twitter @RKrevolin. Website: