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DATE: July 22, 2015 - July 25, 2015
TIME: All Day
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Romance Writers of America

New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY

Friday, July 24, 2015 12:45 2:45 p.m.*


If you dream of transferring their work to the screen, if you’re thinking of writing an original screenplay, or if you simply want to know how to increase the chances of selling the film rights to your novel, Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge reveals the key elements of adapting love stories into film. Topics covered include:

  • IT’S NOT BECAUSE IT’S A CHICK FLICK – the primary reason most romance novels don’t get sold to Hollywood
  • Why “thinking visually” is irrelevant to adaptation
  • Deciding what to adapt
  • The essential principles of movie structure
  • Uniting your characters’ outer and inner journeys
  • How movie romantic comedies differ from RWA romantic comedies
  • Rebuilding your story from the ground up
  • Letting go of the stuff you love: what to keep and what to toss
  • Mastering screenplay format and style
  • Your script is finished, now what do you do?

*Please note: The above Friday lecture is for the Published Authors Network (PAL) members only.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.


Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge, best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Manuscript Read, shows why love stories are a writer’s most powerful vehicle for developing character arc. He’ll reveal the single biggest weakness of most fictional romantic relationships, how secondary characters contribute to your protagonists’ love story, why love triangles strengthen your underlying themes, how the rules of romantic comedies can be applied to romance novels, and how understanding your protagonists’ wounds, emotional fears and protective identities will lead to richer, more powerful love stories.

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