Early Deadline: MARCH 1
Late Deadline: MARCH 30
Reframed to optimize an online lab experience, the Lab brought 12 selected writers together with outstanding professional mentors in one-on-one development sessions, panel discussions and workshops, refining their work while building a unique and powerful community.
Nichole Abshire Imposter Impersonator
Charlotte Cameron Throw Money
Elise Greven Silent Spring
Joey Day Hargrove Highway to Heck
Christine Hoang Fly Girl
Christine Autrand Mitchell The Field
Carolyn Saunders Island West
Kelly Yoon Strathmore Wing and a Prayer
Barbara Ward Thall Little Sister
Victoria Thomas Street Food
Sandy Thomson A Sharp Arrow
Julie Zografos Dark Quarry
And THANK YOU to the all the writers who shared their excellent scripts with us this year. We continue to be awed and humbled by the expanse of talent in our community.
The Writers Lab presented a roster of influential, experienced filmmakers including:
PRODUCERS Anne Carey (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Susan Cartsonis (What Women Want), Lisa Cortes (Precious), Shruti Ganguly (The Color of Time), Riva Marker (Relic, Stronger) Mary Jane Skalski (Hello I Must Be Going), Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth), Jamie Zelermyer (NYWIFT Board President and former Focus Features VP)
SCREENWRITERS Mara Brock Akil (The Game), Amy Fox (Equity), Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon), Rita Hsiao (Toy Story 2). Lisa Jones (Disappearing Acts), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights), Theresa Rebeck (355), Tracey Scott Wilson (Respect), Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Pat Verducci (True Crime).
Selections are blind and based solely on the merit of the screenplay submitted. We welcome all genres of narrative feature-length scripts and pilots from writers identifying as women:
• …who have a compelling story and a cinematic vision.
• …with or without previous industry experience.
• …open to feedback and revision.
• …eager to forge career-building peer relationships.
• …of any country who have written an English language, narrative feature or pilot script.
• …of all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.
The Writers Lab is produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon,
with New York Women in Film & Television.
TWL is made possible through the generosity of