Adapting narrative to different mediums

Bill Belleville, of Sanford, is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who specializes in nature and conservation issues. He will also be featured speaker at the February 6 meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group (Florida Writers Association). His topic will be on moving between the mediums of print, radio, and television and how themes can be adapted to one medium or the other using the technique of narrative, or story.

Bill has published four books, some anthologies, and more than one thousand articles in national magazines; he has served as a writer on the Discovery Channel expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic; and he has co-produced and scripted four PBS documentaries, including one just finished on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings that will be released nationally early in 2008. That project, in particular, illustrates the notion of moving between mediums while also keeping the story and themes intact.

Bill is cofounder of Equinox Documentaries, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about the value of conservation and nature through film. His books include River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River and Losing It All To Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape, which was named one of the Best Books of 2006 by Library Journal.

More information on Bill and his interests, visit his Web sites at or

Join Bill and the Orlando Writers Group on Wednesday, February 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the University Club of Winter Park. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the group blog at or contact Stephen Evans, group leader— or 407-898-4299.


January 21, 2008. Meetings Information.

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