2021 Writers Lab

Our seventh annual Writers Lab program was October 14 to 17, 2021, and was wholly virtual. This year we are including both feature and pilot writers, and expanding our cohort to 16 projects and over 30 mentors and speakers.

The Mentors and Speakers at the 2021 Lab included:

The 2021 Writers Lab Participants

Virginia Abramovich & Katherine Andrews
Lil

Set in an apocalyptic future, a reclusive genius attempts a trans-human solution to the end of days by manipulating a young woman, Lil, to participate in his biomechnical experiments, leaving Lil to decide the fate of humanity’s evolution.
Sci-Fi

 

Wilandrea Blair
Lolo

In LA, a young hardened female MMA fighter unwittingly becomes the caretaker of a cantankerous 80-year-old Filipino man days before the fight of her life.
Drama

 

Tracey Bradley
Yardbird

When a high school honor student is arrested and the fifty thousand dollars in meth she’s carrying is confiscated, she orchestrates the murder of a Mexican cartel leader to escape the price on her head.
Crime Drama

 

Desdemona Chiang
Made in USA

When a mild-mannered casino executive is fed up with being overlooked and underappreciated, she turns to the underground world of birth tourism to uncover her ambition and power.
Half-hour Pilot

 

Susan Chiu
Agree to Disagree

In order to avoid punishment for (allegedly) karate-chopping a classmate in the face, a Machiavellian 11-year-old girl blackmails her ex-con father into kidnapping her.

 

Wendy Dann
The Jury

The last vestige of the government by the people, for the people. Each season a new trial, each episode a different juror. Season one opens on a small town murder trial with Juror #1, a farmer whose suspicion that his son is drinking again drives his son away and forces him to reckon with reasonable doubt.
Half-hour Pilot

 

Jennifer Dunn
Birdsong

After years of abusing Oxy to reject her disruptive supernatural powers, a young Appalachian witch must defy her family’s scam faith healing ministry to embrace her bloodline’s demanding destiny.
One-hour Pilot

 

Margaux Froley
Kat and Mouse

Kat and Mouse is an hour-long drama about a mother and daughter con artist team who try to live a normal life in suburbia.
One-hour Pilot

Joy Goodwin
Over It

Sick of the superhero workplace bullshit, two female superheroes– a working mom and her Millennial trainee– go rogue to stop a villain, changing their squad forever.

 

Kimberlea Kressal
Scorched Earth

A right-wing pundit finds herself on the receiving end of conservative criticism when her brother is accused of being a military deserter; to prove his innocence she forms an alliance with a conspiracy-fueled lefty journalist, but as they get closer to the truth she finds herself farther from her ideology.
One-hour Pilot

 

Krystyna Łoboda
Gig

A hacker tries to sabotage a global virtual network that assigns value to human lives by targeting the creator’s niece.
Sci-Fi/Thriller

 

Tasha Moore
Man Called Buffalo

Two young Navajo brothers escape their abusive stepfather and run away to live off the land in search of wild buffalo, prompting their local police officer and friend to partner with a patrolwoman on a rescue mission that changes all of their lives.
Drama

 

Monika Morena-Lapp
Whirlwind

Maureen’s plans to leave town are disrupted by a child whose mother disappeared — when the mother turns up dead, Maureen becomes entangled in a case which may hit too close to home.
Thriller

 

Amanda Parham
Signals

When a reclusive scientist with the ability to see radio waves discovers an alien signal warning us of our impending extinction, she must risk her anonymity to save humanity.
One-hour Pilot

 

Irina C. Rodriguez
The Countess

The true story of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian woman whose groundbreaking work with computer pioneer Charles Babbage earned her the pivotal role of history’s first computer programmer.
Historical

 

Danielle Stratton
The Rez

Tohono O’odham tribal officer, Nina Checa, is saddled with a rookie FBI agent to help find a missing girl, but when the investigation reveals a connection to a string of lost Indigenous women — including Nina’s own mother — the two must put their cultural differences aside in order to solve dozens of mysterious disappearances.
One-hour Pilot

Finalists

Claire Barclay Long Gone
Cylin Busby Extremophile
Angela Clarke Agency
Maren Curtis Manifesto
Luisa Dantas Cross(ed)
Desha Dauchan & Mia Trachinger Exposure
Rachel Feldman Kinks
Deborah Goodwin After Greensboro
Wendy Holley In Anna
Addie Johnson Talbot Grace in the Clutch
Keri Lee Cage
Denise Meyers Freefall
Beth Milstein Declaration of Conscience
Yvonne Paulin Where Light Hides
Elena Perez Reconblue
Deborah Puette Play Like a Girl
Nan Schmid The Language of Wolves
Linda Sweigart Border Saints
Catherine Vouvray Author of the Epilogue
S Casper Wong OO 1
Wendy Young The Superb Lyrebird and Other Creatures

 

 

Semifinalists

E. Amato Majority Rules
Nicole Ballivian Sleeping on Stones
Gwenola Balmelle Chouchou the Cosmonaut
Jill Bayor Hesse
Elisa Bell Nebraska Shuffle
Eda Benjakul Star of Siam
Elisabeth Bentley Walden Breezes
Ashley Blincow Emma Rumble
Donna Bonilla Wheeler Natalia Rising
Nikki Braendlin Anima…sity
Marisa Bramwell On the Court
Maria Burton The Mercury 13
Julia Camara The Tempter
Julia Campanelli The Paisley Witch Trial
Lavetta Cannon Topsy Turvy Tinseltown
Kaili Capito Imprint of a Murder
Kathy Charles All the Leaves Are Brown
Nic Cohen Always We Begin Again
Kris Crenweige Time Jump
Lagueria Davis Remember Me
Stacey Davis The Party
Dex Decker Black Mambas, APU
Carol Dingman Samantha Smee: A Pirate’s Life
Jen Ellison Triple Helix
Patrice Escoto The Bronze Queen
Amber Eyerly Dangerous Curves
Marisa Forrest Kudzu
Audra Gorman Land of Tiny Trees
Lorna Green Pleasure Principle
Rosemary Griggs if They Were of Us
Maria Harber The Missionary Position 
Clayvon C. Harris Monsta
Stacie Hawkins Black in Paris
Katie Hennicks The Full Moon Beer Drinkers Club
Kellen Hertz Legacy
Alina Celeste Hevia You Like It Because It’s Empty
Christina Hulen La Maupin
Letty Hummel The Queen of the Milky Way
Sarah Knight An Ideal Wife
Joie Lee Pink Moon
Maren Leggett Out There
Rosanne Limoncelli Two Teresas
Selena Lohan Threshold
Rima Lyn Hounds and Jackals
Natasha Maidoff Illegitimate
Adetoro Makinde The American Can
Laura Mannino Party Crashers
Mia McCullough Chagrin Falls
Fawzia Mirza Me, My Mom, & Sharmila
Jill Morley See Jane Fight
Thato Mwosa A Blue Dawn
Andrea Nasfell Surplus Women
Kathryn Nawrocki Blackball
Amanda Parham Jetlag
Jennifer Peterson The Ten Tribes Motel
Susan Polk Maestra
Patia Prouty Stream of Consciousness
Lois Roach Waking Up
Rebecca Robinson Giselle
Irina Rodriguez Hood
Jude Roth The Assets
Roya Sadat The Forgotten History
Kryssa Schemmerling Sisters of Industry
Lacey Schwartz Delgado Zip Codes
Lisa Scott Lysistrata Cell
Billie Speer Weeki Watchee Enchanted Spring
Heather Spiegel Danika Brewster
Amy Staats Farm to Table
Laura Town The Tigers
Crystal Verge Defiant
Catherine Vouvray Codename: Mame
Carrie Wachob Darkly Heights
Colleen Werthmann Pushy Bitchy Frumpy Whorey
Maysoon Zayid US99
Julie Zografos Skin in the Game