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(Webinar) Adapting the Short Story for the Big Screen

ONLINE TALK: Whether adapting your own work or someone else’s, we’ll examine how a short story can make a good basis for a film


From The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to The Shawshank Redemption, short stories often provide a strong foundation for a screenplay. But what’s the best approach? This week we’re thrilled to welcome award-winning actress, novel and screenwriter, and podcaster Shanee Edwards, as we take a deep dive on the process for adapting short stories for the big screen. If you have a short story of your own, or are curious about adapting someone else’s work, this is one talk you won’t want to miss!


After pursuing an acting career on the stage and screen, Shanee Edwards received the “Best Actress” award at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Arts Festival for the film Dead Silence, in which she stars opposite the late Danny Aiello. As passionate as she was about acting, Shanee yearned to create her own characters and give them exciting, meaningful stories to tell, prompting her to obtain an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA Film School. While at UCLA, she won the Samuel Goldwyn Excellence in Screenwriting award, the Women in Film award and the Sloan Science in Screenwriting award.

Currently the host of the The Script Lab podcast where she interviews filmmakers, she recently won The Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer and was honored to be mentored by actress America Ferrera. Her first novel, Ada Lovelace: The Countess Who Dreamed in Numbers was published by Conrad Press in 2019. Shanee’s ultimate goal is to tell stories about strong, spirited women whose passion, humor and courage inspire us all.

SCREEN TIME is a bi-monthly(ish), online hour-long series presented by the Chicago Screenwriters Network that features guests from all across the screenwriting and filmmaking industry. Join us from anywhere in the world for presentations, discussions, and interviews with industry professionals. It’s free for annual members, but anyone can RSVP with a pay-what-you-can donation!

ADMISSION is open until 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. You can RSVP in one of two ways:

  • FREE for annual CSN Members. If you’re a sustaining member of Chicago Screenwriters Network, you can jump into Screen Time for free!
  • Pay-What-You-Can Donation for Guests. If you’re not a member, but find the speaker or topic of interest, you are welcome to join us by making a donation of any amount.


Guests will receive an invitation email with a URL link to the virtual event space. The link will go live roughly 5-10 minutes before the start of the talk. You can use Zoom on your phone or tablet (download via Apple or Android store), or your computer via You do not have to activate your webcam or microphone to RSVP. Please note – Everyone uses different devices, different platforms and different providers. While we can’t diagnose your technical difficulties, we can offer some a pair of links [here and here] of helpful tips when using Zoom.

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Event Details
05. 15. 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm