The Art of Storytelling: from Page to Film

Hon 420 – Professor Jaclyn Costello – Summer 2021


This class will explore two art forms: writing & film. Over the course of five weeks, we will read and watch the following: Ted Chiang's short story, “The Story of Your Life” made into the film Arrival; the novel "Room" by Emma Donoghue, made into the film of the same name; Stephen King's short story, “Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption” made into the film The Shawshank Redemption; and the Matthew Quick novel, “The Silver Linings Playbook” made into the film of the same name. As a final project, you will have the option of either writing an academic essay or creating a short documentary, film, or series of commercials.


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

Nadine's film was accepted into the 54th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival and won a WorldFest Remi Award in the
​"Whimsical Shorts" Category!  

Caren's Short Documentary on Filipinos in Las Vegas