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Free Writing Tips

The Co-op is pleased to present free writing tips from Julie Bogart, the creator of the popular Brave Writer writing curriculum.

What is the book about?

Books and films are two popular forms of fiction, and many good novels will probably be adapted into films at some point. The art of adaptation is a fine one. The playwright has to retain the spirit of the book, but itís usually necessary to change or remove a fair amount because trying to adapt every page would make the movie too long, or because the author feels the story arc would work better in a film if a few events were in a different order.

Ask your kids to take a book they love, preferably one thatís not already a film, and talk with you about what to include for a film version. How would they adapt it? Would it still be a good story with large chunks removed, or do they think it would be necessary to make it into more than one movie to capture all the magic? Would it need a lot of special effects? Which actors would be best for the main characters? Have fun with your kids as you all dream up a blockbuster movie based on a good book.
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