Our fourth annual Writers Lab retreat took place at the Wiawaka Center for Women in Lake George, NY, from Wednesday, September 26th, through Saturday, September 29th, 2018.
The 2018 Writers Lab mentors were: Dara Bratt, Simone Pero, Susan Cartsonis, Amy Fox, Pamela Gray, Deborah Kampmeier, Patricia Meyer, Pat Verducci, Jamie Zelermyer and Enid Zentelis.
The 2018 Writers Lab Participants
Billie Bates, Spirit Halloween
When a pop-up Halloween store opens in a deserted strip-mall built on a haunted lot, three middle school friends, thinking they’ve outgrown trick or treating, decide to spend the night locked inside. But when a spirit possesses the animatronics and targets the boys, their night of fun turns to a night of whacky survival, testing their friendship in the process.
Catherine Craig, Suspended Belief
Everything changes when an embattled mother living in a women’s shelter gets a job in a forgotten special FX studio. Trapped by a broken social and legal system, she seeks escape in the world of imagination at a special FX shop – where violence is not real, monsters are pretend, escape can be imagined, and friends and allies can be found.
Nadia Fares, Diplomatic Corps
Ismail Attia, son of an Egyptian diplomat, is living in New York for several months where his Diplomat father, Hussein has to accomplish an important mission at the United Nations: to get the chairmanship of the Human Rights Commission. Ismail is on the brink of starting a brilliant career when he realizes he can no longer repress his homosexuality, a crime in his country.
Avra Fox-Lerner, Lady Kate
Lady Kate is a female driven Western about the rise and fall of a female gunslinger that is told back and forth in time – from Kate’s capture by a bounty hunter after he has killed her gang to her youth on the trail with her outlaw father.
Lynn Esta Goldman, On the Wing
After a miraculous recovery from a terminal illness, a young African-American woman sets out to confront the mother who abandoned her – but first she must contend with an eleven-year old boy from a chaotic foster home who insists on coming along.
Pippa Hinchley, One White Crow
In 1890, a brilliant Australian academic famed for debunking fraudulent Spiritualists, who has lost his faith in God, and an unassuming Bostonian housewife with an extraordinary ability, scientifically prove there is life after death. This is a true story.
Teisha Hickman, Sundays and Mondays
After a robbery gone bad leaves, Nolan Christopher, to raise his six-year-old daughter, he finds comfort and aid in the form of a borderline suicidal stranger.
Ann Hawker, An Austrian Holiday
A proud woman with Alzheimer’s, lost on her journey to an assisted suicide clinic, is rescued by her daughter, they continue to the clinic, driving through the Alps, but the daughter is determined not to let her mother die.
Shelagh McLeod, Nexus
After a life-changing event in space, astronaut Katherine Harrison returns to Earth a stranger. Facing suspicion and alienation from her family and colleagues, Katherine must fight to reveal the truth of her encounter and convince humankind we are not alone.
Cornelia Ravenal, On the Blade
When a brutal hazing turns deadly, a young athlete risks his future to expose the truth. Yet as he looks for answers, he realizes not only the involvement of the man he trusted most, but his own complicity.
Gail Segal, Lila Rose
A young, single mother, working on the line at a school bus factory, hopes her gift with country music will be a ticket to a better life.
Shelley Thompson, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor
Five years after leaving, Donald MacGinnis returns home as Dawn, keeping a deathbed promise to her mother to repair the relationship with her estranged father, John Andrew. As Dawn and her Dad work together to restore an antique tractor, they begin to rebuild a family and re-define community.