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Aaron Sorkin’s Master Class: Adapting a Short Story.

Jack Reacher- Second Son

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I’m taking an online class from Aaron Sorkin on screenwriting. The attached is from the third lesson, in which we were asked to take a well-liked short story and turn it into a screenplay (the first 10 pages anyway).

I picked “Second Son,” a short-story by Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher thrillers. Obviously, as an assignment, and not with permission of the author.

The story takes place on Okinawa when Jack Reacher, our hero, is 13 and his brother is 15, They’re the new kids at the Marine base, and have to fit in. It’s a great little story. Intention: Reacher wants to protect his family (his motivation in the novels is “to protect…” Always.) Obstacle: The local bullies; his big brother’s perfectionism. Writer’s choice: There’s an entire bit of business with Reacher’s grandfather dying in Paris, and Reacher’s mom flying there. I left all that out (sorry Mr. Child) because I wanted to hone in on the dynamic between Jack, his big brother, and their father.

My draft is attached. Remember: This is a first assignment for a class; be kind.

Friends of Mystery Moves to New Digs

The Friends Of Mystery, one of Portland’s premiere venues for fans of mysteries and thrillers, is moving their “Bloody Thursday” events to The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.

The first event is set for Thursday, Jan. 28, in which Portland author Chelsea Cain will accept her Spotted Owl Award for her thriller, “One Kick.” The event starts at 7 p.m. with a half-hour social and runs until 9 p.m.

If you don’t know Friends of Mystery, this would be a good time to find out what they’re all about. And to support a great Northwest writer at the same time. http://www.friendsofmystery.org

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