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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Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
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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

Expired. Previous Deadline: 03/30/2021

Rules

Requirements
  1. Applicants must have a birth date on or prior to October 1, 1981.
  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

Our seventh annual Writers Lab retreat will take place October 9-12, 2021, at the Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, CT (dates and location subject to change).

NEW THIS YEAR, we will expand the lab to include 4 pilot writers to develop their scripts. We are working on this year’s agenda and program. Stay tuned as we add details and Mentors to our 2021 roster.

The Writers Lab is a four-day workshop that gives 12 feature writers and 4 pilot writers who identify as women over the age of 40 the opportunity to work intensively on their winning scripts with the support of established women film professionals. Through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, and group meals, Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process to support intensive script development.

The Writers Lab is produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon and New York Women in Film & Television, and has been supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, and the Cornelia T Bailey Foundation. It is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with in-kind support from The Black List, Falco Ink, Film Fatales, Filmarket Hub, Roadmap Writers, Stony Brook Manhattan Center for Creative Writing & Film, and Untamed Stories. A special thank you to Final Draft for their product contribution.

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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Contest News

Writers Lab Names Participants

The Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters over 40 has selected the 12 participants for this year's Virtual Development Lab.

  • Nichole Abshire, Imposter Impersonator (dramedy)
  • Charlotte Cameron, Throw Money (thriller)
  • Elise Greven, Silent Spring (biopic)
  • Joey Day Hargrove, Highway to Heck (comedy)
  • Christine Hoang, Fly Girl (comedy)
  • Christine Autrand Mitchell, The Field (horror)
  • Carolyn Saunders, Island West (sci fi)
  • Kelly Yoon Strathmore, Wing and a Prayer (coming of age)
  • Barbara Ward Thall, Little Sister (western)
  • Victoria Thomas, Street Food (drama)
  • Sandy Thomson, A Sharp Arrow (historical)
  • Julie Zografos, Dark Quarry (mystery)
This year's mentors include producers Anne Carey, Susan Cartsonis, Shruti Ganguly, Mary Jane Skalski, Frida Torresblanco, and Jamie Zelermyer, and screenwriters include Mara Brock Akil, Pamela Gray, Lisa Jones, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Theresa Rebeck, Robin Swicord, and Pat Verducci.

Updated: 08/03/2020

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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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