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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

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Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
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Objective

The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, 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. We welcome submissions from professionals, amateurs, and everyone in between who has a story to tell and a cinematic vision. Selections are based on the script’s artistic merit and craftsmanship, not the applicant's level of professional experience. Now accepting international script submissions.

MISSION

The Writers Lab is dedicated to developing promising feature scripts of cinematic scope and imagination, in all genres, by women screenwriters over the age of 40, as part of the movement to amplify the female voice in narrative film. We are committed to female storytellers, yet do not limit our search to stories about women.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Deadline February 28, 2018 $55 40

Member Deadline – February 28, 2018 - Fee: $35

(Applies to NYWIFT, other WIF chapters, and WGA members. Members of other WIF chapters must provide proof of membership via a letter from their chapter’s staff or Board President.)

Notification: July 31, 2018

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: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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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: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Meryl Streep Funded Writers Lab Now Open for Submissions

The Writers Lab returns in 2017, once again with funding from Oscar winner and NYWIFT Muse honoree Meryl Streep. The Writers Lab, established for women screenwriters over the age of 40 by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and IRIS, in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, has selected leading filmmakers to provide exclusive mentorship and increase opportunities for content made by women.

The mentors attached to The Writers Lab 2017 include: Alexis Alexanian (“Pieces of April”), Susan Cartsonis (“What Women Want,” “Where the Heart Is”), Lisa Cortés (“Precious,” “Shadowboxer”), Amy Fox (“Equity”), Caroline Kaplan Caroline Kaplan (“Time Out of Mind,” “Letters to Juliet”), Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde,” upcoming “Expendabelles”), and Pat Verducci? (“True Crime”), among others.

The Writers Lab 2017 ?will take place from Thursday, September 14 - Sunday, September 17, 2017 and will include a select group of female screenwriters over 40 for a four-day intensive script development retreat with acclaimed mentors.

“After receiving an overwhelming response in our first two years, we are thrilled to now make The Writers Lab an annual entertainment industry event,” said Terry Lawler, Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television. “Providing this one-of-a-kind support to an underserved demographic is vital to shaping a media landscape that includes and represents all voices.”

"Now, more than ever, women's distinctive voices must be heard,” says IRIS Co-Founder Nitza Wilon. “Through the Lab, we'll continue to support and promote women’s scripts, and we'll work to get those stories onscreen."

The selected female screenwriters will be announced on August 1. Submissions must be feature-length, fictional narrative scripts of any genre written by women over the age of 40, who are American citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

The Writers Lab was launched in 2015 to provide script development for women writers over the age of 40, it creates a springboard to the next stage of production and expands the boundaries of today’s commercial narrative film.

Updated: 02/01/2017
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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: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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