Welcome to The Writers Lab.



Congratulations to the 12 writers
selected to attend the 2018 Lab


Billie Bates, Spirit Halloween                             
Catherine Craig, Suspended Belief
Nadia Fares, Diplomatic Corps
Avra Fox-Lerner, Lady Kate
Lynn Esta Goldman, On the Wing
Pippa Hinchley, One White Crow
Teisha Hickman, Sundays and Mondays
Ann Hawker, An Austrian Holiday
Shelagh McLeod, Nexus
Cornelia Ravenal, On the Blade
Gail Segal, Lila Rose
Shelley Thompson, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor


The 2018 Writers Lab will be at WIAWAKA, on Lake George, NY, from Wednesday, September 26, to Saturday, September 29.

The Lab is an intensive four-day script development retreat for women screenwriters over 40.

Meeting one on one and in panels with outstanding female film professionals, as well as in peer groups and directed discussion sessions, talented writers examine and refine their work while building a unique and powerful community.

Selections are blind and based solely on the merit of the screenplay submitted. We welcome all genres of narrative feature-length scripts:

•   from women who have a compelling story and a cinematic vision.
•   from women with or without previous industry experience.
•   from women open to feedback and revision.
•   from women eager to forge career-building peer relationships.
•   from women of any country who have written an English language feature-length narrative screenplay.
•   from women of all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.


The Writers Lab congratulates 2017 Participant VIGIL CHIME on her Nicholl Fellowship win

Read about the 2018 Mentors and Participants


Presented by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television.

The Writers Lab 2018 is supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and is produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television, in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with support from The Black List, Film Fatales, Final Draft, Relativity Ventures, Stony Brook Southampton+Manhattan & Tribeca Film Institute.


        IRIS logo March 2016