The Art of Storytelling: from Page to Film

Hon 420 – Professor Jaclyn Costello – Summer 2021


This class will explore two artforms, writing & film. Over the course of five weeks, we will read and watch the following: the short tale “The Story of Your Life” made into the film Arrival; "Room" by Emma Donoghue made into the film of the same name; the short story “Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption” made into the film The Shawshank Redemption; and the novel “The Silver Linings Playbook” made into the film of the same name. As a final project, students will have the option of either writing an academic essay or creating a short documentary, film, or commercial.


Required Books


“Stories of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
“Room" by Emma Donoghue
“Different Seasons: Four Novellas” by Stephen King
“Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick

A Preview of What's to Come...

Samples of Student Films from this class

Nadine's Short "magic realism" Film

Caren's Short Documentary on Filipinos in Las Vegas