CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Robert Inman will lead the session "From the Page to the Stage."
Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Registration is open through October 26.
Robert Inman is a native of Elba, Alabama, where he began his writing career in junior high school with his hometown weekly newspaper. He left a thirty-one-year career in television journalism in 1996 to devote his full time to fiction writing. Inman’s latest stage play is Liberty Mountain, a drama about the settling of the Carolinas and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. It is staged every summer at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain. He is the author of two musicals—Crossroads and The Christmas Bus: The Musical—for which he wrote book, lyrics, and music. His other stage plays are The Christmas Bus, Dairy Queen Days, Welcome to Mitford, A High Country Christmas Carol, and The Drama Club. He has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television, two of which have been “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentations. His script for The Summer of Ben Tyler, a Hallmark production, won the Writers’ Guild of America Award as the best original television screenplay of 1997. His other Hallmark feature was Home Fires Burning, a 1989 adaptation of his novel.
This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Robert to answer the following prompt:
"Congratulations! You've inherited a large fortune, on the condition that you use it to start your own publishing house. What kind of books are you going to publish?"
Here's what Robert said:
"If I had had a large fortune to open a publishing house, I would publish first books by unknown authors and give them all the proceeds until the money ran out."
In the session "From the Page to the Stage," participants will take part in a lively discussion about the challenge of transforming a story meant for a single reader into one crafted for a larger visual audience. They'll discuss the particular “language” of stage and screen and examine techniques unique to successful stage and screen storytelling.
Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Master Classes will be led by Judy Goldman (Creative Nonfiction), Maureen Ryan Griffin (Poetry), Randall Kenan (Fiction), who, as a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, also will give the Keynote Address.
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.