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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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)
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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 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.

The 12 projects selected for The Writers Lab 2017 are:

  • The Breakline, Kim and Mai Spurlock
  • Bring Back Girl, Vigil Chime
  • The Contest, Judith and Sandra Berg
  • The Custom of the Sea, Karen McDermott
  • The Deal, Andi Delott
  • Grandview, Pamela Harris
  • ...into the Land of Nod, K. Smith
  • Late Bloomer, Mandy Fabian
  • Mile Zero, Holly Brix
  • Taka-Jo, Samantha Manahan and Carol Hostutler
  • Warrior Girl, Laurie Whitaker
  • Yazoo Cryin', Shawn Tolleson
The mentors confirmed for the Lab, slated for September 14-17, 2017, include: Susan Cartsonis (What Women Want, Where the Heart Is), Lisa Cortés (Precious, Shadowboxer), Amy Fox (Equity), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Letters to Juliet), and Pat Verducci (Consultant, Disney/Pixar). Alexis Alexanian (Pieces of April) will head a high-powered roster of special guests.

"The Writers Lab has proven an invaluable vehicle in championing the underserved and underrepresented," NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler said. "We are thrilled to give these 12 promising writers an opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of our highly accomplished mentors."

"In three years, we’ve seen that the number and quality of screenplays written by women is staggering," said IRIS Co-Founder Nitza Wilon. "Every script that we can develop brings us closer to balancing the scales in the film world: More women writing = more roles for women, more opportunities for women to helm those films, and more movies that everyone wants to see."

The Writers Lab will take place in the Connecticut River Valley. The mentors and 12 writers will meet for intensive one-on-one discussions to develop and refine their scripts. In addition, everyone will come together for panel discussions to explore universal themes and concepts.

The Writers Lab was launched in 2015 to provide script development for women writers over the age of 40. The Lab brings promising scripts from female screenwriters together with outstanding professional filmmakers for an intensive writing retreat. Internationally recognized for its bold mandate, The Writers Lab looks to expand the range of stories in narrative fictional film.

Updated: 08/04/2017

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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