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Workshop, Fall 1999

Adapting Short Stories for Film Workshop
Offered by
Writer-in-Residence WILLIAM PATRICK


New York State Writers Institute Writer-in-Residence William Patrick will conduct a workshop on Adapting Short Stories for Film during the Fall 1999 semester. The emphasis for most of the new writing will be on screenwriting, but attention will be paid in each class to the differences between writing in the two different genres.

The Adapting Short Stories for Film Workshop is scheduled for seven Thursday nights (October 7, 14, 28, November 4, 11, December 2, 9) with one Wednesday night (October 20) from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, videos of films that were adapted from short stories will be screened on four Monday nights (October 18, November 8, 15, 29) starting at 7 p.m. The class and the video screenings will take place on the University at Albany´┐Żs uptown campus. The workshop is offered free of charge for non-credit, and will be limited to twelve writers. To be considered, submit manuscripts to the Writers Institute according to the guidelines listed below. Due to the volume of manuscripts received from previous workshops, we must insist that you follow the guidelines exactly.


  1. All manuscripts must be typewritten, double-spaced.
  2. Submit no more than ten pages of a short story or twenty pages of dramatic writing (i.e. one-act play, portion of a screenplay).
  3. All submissions must include a separate cover sheet with name, address, work and home telephone numbers, and the title of the piece. Do not put your name on any other pages of the submission.
  4. Be sure to keep a copy of your work, as your manuscript will not be returned to you.
  5. Writers enrolled in a University at Albany writing class for the Fall 1999 semester, whether graduate or undergraduate, and writers who participated in the Schreiber nonfiction workshops during Fall 1998 and Spring 1999, are not eligible.
  6. Manuscripts delivered in person will be accepted up until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 1999. Mailed manuscripts must be postmarked not later than Thursday, September 9, 1999.
  7. Notification of acceptance will be by Thursday, September 23, 1999. Please do not call regarding the status of your manuscript. We regret that neither Mr. Patrick nor the Institute can comment on manuscripts by writers not selected.
  8. Mail manuscripts to:
    Wm Patrick Screenwriting Workshop
    NYS Writers Institute, HU 355
    University at Albany, SUNY
    Albany, NY 12222