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The Writers Lab

The Writers Lab

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132 West 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 679-0870 (voice)
na (fax)

Web: http://thewriterslab.nyc
Email: contact@thewriterslab.nyc

Contact: Nitza Wilon, Co-Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
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Objective

The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, is open for submissions of screenplays by women over the age of 40

ABOUT THE LAB

The Writers Lab brings 12 women screenwriters over the age of 40 with promising scripts together with outstanding professional female filmmakers for an intensive four-day screenwriting development retreat of one-on-one meetings, panel discussions and other activities designed to inspire the artists; to prompt rigorous creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.

We seek a broad selection of screenplays across all genres of fiction. Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be female, and only one writer can attend the Lab. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Deadline March 15, 2019 $55 53

The 2019 Writers Lab will be open for submissions Feb 1 – Mar 15, 2019.

Rules

Requirements
  1. Applicants must have a birth date on or prior to February 28, 1978.
  2. Submissions must be full-length narrative screenplays in English (no TV scripts, shorts or documentaries) exclusively by writers who identify as female.
  3. The Lab invites submissions from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups. 4) Previous applicants reapplying should do so with revised drafts.
Materials (submitted electronically)
  1. A PDF of a feature-length narrative screenplay.
  2. Contact information and log line.
  3. Payment via Paypal or with a Credit Card

Awards

The Writers Lab brings 12 women screenwriters over the age of 40 with promising scripts together with outstanding professional female filmmakers for an intensive four-day screenwriting development retreat of one-on-one meetings, panel discussions and other activities designed to inspire the artists; to prompt rigorous creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.

The 2018 Writers Lab will take place September 25 to 29, 2018, outside of New York City. The Writers Lab is funded by Meryl Streep for the fourth year, and produced by IRIS and New York Women In Film & Television in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with support from The Black List, Relativity Media, Stony Brook Southampton+Manhattan and Tribeca Film Institute.

Past Writers Lab mentors include Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Susan Cartsonis (Carrie Pilby, The Duff), Rachel Cohen (Stranger Weather, House of Z), Lisa Cortes (Precious), Amy Fox (Equity), Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon, Music of the Heart), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records, I Like It Like That), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page), Pat Verducci (Disney/Pixar), Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon, Firelight).

The Writers Lab

Contact

132 West 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 679-0870 (voice)
na (fax)

Web: http://thewriterslab.nyc
Email: contact@thewriterslab.nyc

Contact: Nitza Wilon, Co-Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
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The Writers Lab

Contact

132 West 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 679-0870 (voice)
na (fax)

Web: http://thewriterslab.nyc
Email: contact@thewriterslab.nyc

Contact: Nitza Wilon, Co-Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Writers Lab Releases Participant Loglines

The Writers Lab, supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, has released the loglines of this year's twelve participant scripts.

The Writers Lab 2018 Scripts

AN AUSTRIAN HOLIDAY, by Ann Hawker
Drama: A proud woman with Alzheimer’s sets out across Europe for an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, pursued by her daughter who is determined not to let her mother succeed.

ADA (75) female, retired science teacher succumbing to dementia.
ZOE (42) female, artfully dishevelled photographer.

DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR, by Shelley Thompson
Drama: Five years after leaving home, a young transgender woman returns to her estranged father, keeping a deathbed promise to her mother. As they restore the old family tractor together, they come to understand the mechanics of the heart.

DAWN MCGINNIS (20s), transgender woman.
JOHN ANDREW MCGINNIS (50s), Dawn’s father.

DIPLOMATIC CORPS, by Nadia Fares
Drama: The favorite son of an Egyptian diplomat assists his father at the U.N. in New York to accomplish a prestigious mission, but when a journalist threatens to reveal his homosexuality, the brilliant young man must choose between family and truth.

ISMAIL ATTIA (21) male, Egyptian, closeted homosexual, cosmopolitan, thoughtful.
AURELIE (22) female, French, student at Columbia.

LADY KATE, by Avra Fox
Western: An unrepentant gunslinger endures a brutal cross-country trek with the bounty hunter who killed her gang and now marches the outlaw to her own hanging.

KATE (30s) female, hardened outlaw.
WALKER (40s) male, quiet bounty hunter.

LILA ROSE, by Gail Segal
Drama: A young mother and Iraq War widow who works the line in a school bus factory must decide if she will use her gift with a fiddle to carry her out of southwest Georgia for good.

LILA ROSE (24) female, soap-and-water beauty who sings and plays guitar and fiddle.
RUBY HART (38) female, hardened welder who once resembled her sister Lila Rose.

NEXUS, by Shelagh McLeod
Sci fi: After a cataclysmic event in space, an astronaut returns to Earth a stranger. Grappling with the truth of her encounter, she is torn between her life on Earth and the unknown beyond.

KATHERINE HARRISON (late 30s / early 40s) female, brilliant, astronaut, wife, mother.

ONE WHITE CROW, by Pippa Hinchley
Historical Biopic: In 1890, a brilliant scientist who debunks fraudulent spiritualists and a Bostonian housewife with an apparent ability to communicate with the dead prove there is life after death. Based on a true story.

DR. RICHARD HODGSON (35) male, brusque Australian who moves to his own beat.
LEONORE PIPER, (30) female, high-strung reluctant medium.

ON THE BLADE, by Cornelia Ravenal
Drama: When a brutal hazing turns deadly, a young athlete risks his future to expose the truth, only to realize his own complicity.

TONY RUSSO (18), male, blue-collar Boston, college hockey star.
EMILY DIAZ (19), female, smart, no-nonsense college student.
COACH DON GOSEK (50) male, sharp-eyed college hockey coach.

ON THE WING, by Lynn Esta Goldman
Drama: After a miraculous recovery from a terminal illness, a young African-American woman sets out to confront the mother who abandoned her -- with an eleven-year old boy from a foster home who insists on coming along.

MARIDEE HUTCHERSON (26) female, black, buttoned-up professional.
JEROME BISHOP (14) male, black, talkative.
GRACE HUTCHERSON (late 40s) female, white, Maridee’s mother, life’s been rough.

SPIRIT HALLOWEEN, by Billie Bates
Family, Seasonal: When a pop-up Halloween store opens in a haunted strip-mall, three middle school friends ditch trick-or-treating to spend the night inside, only to find themselves battling possessed animatronics.

JAKE (12) male, angry at the world but doesn’t know it, lives for Halloween.
CARSON (13) male, scrappy know-it-all, Kate’s twin.
KATE (13), female, confident, Carson’s twin.

SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS, by Teisha Hickman
Drama: A recent widower struggling to raise his daughter discovers an unlikely ally in a self-destructive artist. Can these three lost souls find their way?

NOLAN CHRISTOPHER (37) male, black, professional, recent widower.
ERICA THOMAS (28) female, black, artist, struggling with depression.
VANESSA PETERS (40s) female, black, psychologist.

SUSPENDED BELIEF, by Catherine Craig
Drama: A camera woman flees her abusive husband with her children but when the shelter system can’t protect her she finds unlikely allies in an oddball special effects studio.

CADY LANGTON (30s) female, abused, wary, mother of two.
BARRETT ARMSTRONG JONES (50s) male, frumpy FX studio owner.

Updated: 12/14/2018
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The Writers Lab

Contact

132 West 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 679-0870 (voice)
na (fax)

Web: http://thewriterslab.nyc
Email: contact@thewriterslab.nyc

Contact: Nitza Wilon, Co-Founder

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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