The Writers Lab presents
script-development labs
for women screenwriters over 40

 

The Writers Lab US
The Writers Lab UK & Ireland
The Writers Lab Europe

 

All submissions are closed.

The Writers Lab US 2021

October 14 to 17  •  17 participants  •  over 30 mentors and speakers

FEATURES

Agree to Disagree Susan Chiu
Gig Krystyna Łoboda
Lil Katherine Andrews &
Virginia Abramovich
Lolo Wilandrea Blair
Man Called Buffalo Tasha Moore
Over It Joy Goodwin
The Countess Irina Rodriguez
Whirlwind Monika Moreno-Lapp
Yardbird Tracey Bradley

1-HOUR PILOTS

Birdsong Jennifer Dunn
Kat and Mouse Margaux Froley
Scorched Earth Kimberlea Kressal
Signals Amanda Parham
The Rez Danielle Autumn Stratton

1/2-HOUR PILOTS

Made in USA Desdemona Chiang
The Jury Wendy Dann

“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

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.

THE WRITERS LAB US
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 UK & IRELAND
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 6 months of development, support and mentoring.

THE WRITERS LAB EUROPE
The Writers Lab founders have once again joined forces with Untamed Stories to serve women and nonbinary writers over 40 who reside in Europe. With a team of partners, we will present a virtual 4-day lab this April, 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 6 months of 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
The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
Kate Hall & Gary Lynch
The Kurtz Family Foundation

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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