About the Lab

The only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of women’s voices in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development. The lab offers 12 promising films by women over 40 a springboard to production.

The Lab will take place October 2-5, 2021 (dates subject to change).

Past mentors have included Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You), Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Lydia Dean-Pilcher (The Lunchbox, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) will be serving as mentors, pending scheduling. Mentors advise in one-on-one meetings with additional events to inspire artists to hone their creative vision.


Applicants must be women who were born on or before October 1, 1981. The Lab seeks submissions from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups. Submissions must be full-length narrative screenplays in English. (No TV scripts, shorts or documentaries.) 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.

Full guidelines can be reviewed on the submission page.

Selection Process

Scripts will be read by experienced professionals in film and screenwriting and evaluated on the following criteria: artistic vision, craft, subject matter, and marketability. Please note: We welcome scripts on all topics and from all fiction genres (drama, comedy, horror, action, thriller, science fiction, animation, musical, etc); scripts can be about any topic and do NOT specifically need to be about women.

Submission Process

The following materials are required for your application and must be submitted electronically:

  1. A PDF of a feature-length narrative screenplay.
  2. Contact information, a brief personal statement, and short synopsis.
  3. Questions? Email contact@thewriterslab.nyc
  4. See our FAQ’s for more details.
  5. Submissions Page