Adaptive Creative Writing
A wise man once said: "The more things change, the more they remain the same. A classic is a classic--for every reason and season. But to adapt it to modern day settings takes creativity, craft and panache. A fascinating journey--covered in a day-long workshop that will attempt to cover the following grounds..
The merits and challenges of adapting a classic to modern day settings. When you take on such a task--it is essential to ensure a high level of imagination and style---that simultaneously respects the emotion and impact created by the original work--and does not let the reader down.
- An introduction to classic literature and the reasons for its modern day retelling. Literature is considered classic when it has stood the test of time--and it stands the test of time when the artistic quality it expresses---be it an expression of life, truth, beauty or anything about the universal human condition--continues to be relevant, and continues to inspire emotions, irrespective of the time period in which it was written.
How to retell a successful story--and make it your own.
- A discussion on various successsful adaptations in film, literature and theatre.
- Adaptive writing exercise.
When we adapt a classic to present day, we embark on a beautiful process of discovery that embraces both the past and the present. A process essential for every hopeful writer to come into their own--in the realisation of the continuous process of creativity--which has scope to encompass newer interpretations.