Workshop Adult
The Fascinating Case of Stephen King: Workshop with Daniela and David Tully

The Fascinating Case of Stephen King: Workshop with Daniela and David Tully

Date/Time: Friday 11 February 2022 19:30-21:00

Venue: Dahlia, Hilton, Al Habtoor City

Language: English

Session No. 849 

What would our Festival’s ‘Fright Night’ be without a nod to a prolific master of horror?

For nearly half a century, Stephen King’s novels and short stories have dominated best-seller lists around the world, and have been ceaselessly raided by filmmakers eager to translate his work to TV and Film. The results of this film treatment? Everything from big-budget Art Cinema fare like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining to bargain-basement grindhouse schlock like Children of the Corn.

Despite the wealth of material and the repeated attempts over five decades, truly successful adaptations of King’s material are rare. So what exactly is that elusive element in his prose? And is it necessarily a good quality to look for when writing our own novels and short stories?

In this workshop you’ll have an opportunity to take a deep-dive into what makes great prose storytelling unique and so different from visual storytelling. And as the printed word becomes more embattled in an increasingly visual age, this is a topic relevant for anyone interested in the wider literary landscape, beyond the fascinating case of Stephen King.

Daniela Tully has been working in the field of story-telling for decades. She teaches Film and Creative Writing at Middlesex University Dubai and has been involved in projects such as the critically- acclaimed Fair Game, the box-office hits Contagion, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and the Oscar-winning adaptation The Help. Her debut novel Hotel On Shadow Lake has been published in twelve countries and translated into five languages and she has just completed her third novel Behind the Curtain.

Dr David Tully is Head of Media and Senior Lecturer in Film at Middlesex University Dubai, and is author of the critical biography Terry Southern and the American Grotesque, as well as the novel The Killing Floor. He also wrote the screenplay for the last film of legendary filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who previously directed adaptations of Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot and King’s short story The Mangler.

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