The Writers Lab

The Writers Lab

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132 West 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 679-0870 (voice)
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Web:
http://thewriterslab.nyc
Email:
contact@thewriterslab.nyc

Contact: Nitza Wilon, Co-Founder

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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

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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)
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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)
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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

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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