The Writers Lab presents script development labs for women-identifying screenwriters over the age of 40

The Writers Lab US


The Writers Lab UK & Ireland



Participants selected for
The Writers Lab UK & Ireland 2021

Claire Barclay,  Return Her (½-hour drama)
Alice Clark,  The Munitionettes (1-hour drama, Scotland)
Angela Franklyn,  Mozart’s Don Jane (feature, drama)
Kit Hui,  Black Dust (feature, drama, England)
Rachel Mars,  Slacks (½-hour comedy, England)
Catherine McGrotty,  Off Season (½-hour fantasy, N. Ireland)
Anna Merritt & Deborah Wiseman,  Is This It?
(½-hour comedy, Ireland)
Lydia Mulvey,  Solas (½-hour sci-fi, Ireland)
Sylvia-Anne Parker,  600 Steps (feature, drama, England)
Leyla Pope,  One Last Holiday (feature, drama, Wales)
Dorothy Jane Stewart,  The Story of Me and You
(feature, drama, Scotland)
Ali Taylor,  My Boy (1-hour drama, Scotland)



Litza Bixler,  Blood, Water, Dust (1-hour horror, EN)
Mai Davies,  Prime  (1-hour drama, WS)
Liz Gill,  English Rose (1-hour drama, IE)
Simone Glover,  Dirt (feature, historical, EN)
Vanessa Haynes,  McIntyre (1-hour dramedy, NI)
Marie James,  Great Swingford (feature, drama, EN)
Kerena Marchant,  Ben Johnson Day (½-hour drama, EN)
Niamh O’Connor,  A Murder of Crows (1-hour drama, IE)
Stella Papamichael,  Green Lanes (1-hour thriller, EN)
Jenny Roche, Dysphoria (feature, dramedy, IE)
Carolyn Saunders & Shelagh McLeod,  Invisible (1-hour sci-fi, EN)
Jaye L. Swift,  The Lost Beacon (feature, horror, WS)

Tara Byrne, Head (½-hour, comedy, EN)
Dee Chilton, Darken Ship (feature, thriller, EN)
Rebecca Crookshank, Morag (½-hour drama, EN)
Mai Davies, The Truth Post (1-hour drama, WS)
Rebecca Ellson, Ark (feature, sci-fi, EN)
Emily Harris, Ronnie Vee (feature, drama, EN)
Maggie Innes, Death Nell (1-hour drama, EN)
Sidra Khan, Untold Story of the Rebel Muslim Women (½-hour drama, SC)
Gillian McCormack,  Rewind (½-hour comedy, SC)
Sophie Merlo, The Punch (feature, action, EN)
Nicola Mills, Up Yours! (feature, drama, EN)
Raman Mundair, Skin Deep (1-hour drama , SC)
Francesca Nider, The Sins of Our Mothers (feature, drama, EN)
Sarah Olley, The Wingspan of an Albatross (feature, drama, EN)
Carina Rodney, Faithless (½-hour thriller, EN)
Charlotte Thompson, Tuesday (1-hour drama, EN)
Charity Trimm & Anne-Marie Draycott, Shelf Life (½-hour comedy, SC)
Carol Younghusband, The Truth (1-hour thriller, EN)

“The more women’s stories we see,
the more women are empowered.”
-Nicole Kidman


“The Writers Lab provides practical tools and spirited
encouragement for the work of screenwriters whose
point of view, fruit of their age and gender, has been
consistently undervalued in the marketplace.”
-Meryl Streep

Our Programs

The Writers Lab programs nurture the voices
of women in their prime whose stories have
not been told. At our labs, writers work intensively on their features and pilots with
the support of established film professionals.

Since 2015 TWL has presented a yearly 4-day retreat where Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process of intensive script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, and at informal gatherings. Interactions are designed to inspire the artists; to prompt creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories. In 2020 we presented our first virtual lab. This year, we hope to safely present our 7th retreat in-person, in October, welcoming both feature and pilot writers.

The Writers Lab founders have joined forces with Untamed Stories to serve women and nonbinary writers over 40 who reside in England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and Scotland, as well as all Welsh nationals. With a team of partners, we will present a virtual 4-day lab this June, during which Mentors and Writers will engage in rigorous script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, mock writers rooms and more, followed by 5-months of post-lab development, support and mentoring.

Our Partners

The Writers Lab US is produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, with New York Women in Film & Television.

The Lab 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, Final Draft, and Roadmap Writers.

TWL US is made possible through the generosity of

Meryl Streep
Nicole Kidman
Oprah Winfrey
The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
Kate Hall & Gary Lynch

The Writers Lab UK & Ireland is produced by
co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, with
UK partner Untamed Stories, helmed by producers
Julia Berg and Ruth Spencer.

It is presented with support from Dirty Films, in association with Birds’ Eye View, Screen Scotland, Northern Ireland Screen, Screen Skills Ireland, Ffilm Cymru Wales & BFI NETWORK with funding from the National Lottery, and New York Women in Film & Television.

TWL UK & I is made possible through the generosity of

Cate Blanchett


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