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The Writers Lab

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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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. 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

Expired. Previous Deadline: 03/05/2018

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: 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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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 Names Retreat Participants

The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, has announced their 2018 retreat participants.

Updated: 08/01/2018

Writers Lab Names 2017 Participants

The Writers Lab, funded by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey, has announced the screenwriters selected to participate in the 2017 Lab. The program is the only lab in the world devoted to providing script development for women writers over the age of 40. It is produced by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and IRIS, in collaboration with The Writers Guild of America, East.

Updated: 08/04/2017

Meryl Streep Funded Writers Lab Now Open for Submissions

The Writers Lab for women over 40, funded by Meryl Streep for its third year, is now open for submissions.

Updated: 02/01/2017

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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