Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

This course will introduce students to Screenwriting Adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources. The class will address the ethics of adaptation, questions and techniques surrounding the need to fictionalize truth for dramatic purposes, as well as touching on the differences between fictional and nonfictional original materials. Students will be exposed to various contemporary non-fiction adaptations, and will write a short film (under 15 pages) and one longer project (30 pages).

Prerequisites and Restrictions

No prerequisites. Enrollment is open to all. Three seats are reserved for first-year students, 3 seats for sophomores, 2 seats for juniors, 2 seats for seniors. The program is unable to maintain a waiting list. If reserved seats remain available during Add/Drop, you may write to Katie Welsh at for enrollment assistance.

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In the News

Princeton Alumni Weekly, April 2022 — “Screenwriting alum Jessica Welsh ’14 writes one of best unproduced screenplays of 2021

Welsh’s script about country singer Shaia Twain made Hollywood’s annual Black List. Welsh studied screenwriting with creative writing lecturer Christina Lazaridi ’92.



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Christina Lazaridi