The Writers Lab, the first program of its kind devoted exclusively to script development for woman screenwriters over 40, in partnership with Untamed Stories, joined forces with
Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films, in association with Birds’ Eye View, to bring its pioneering Lab
to the UK and Ireland.


The Writers Lab US is supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey
and The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

TWL seeks to fight sexism and ageism in film and TV

Over 4 days, with 5 months of ongoing development support,
12 screenwriters (Residents of England, Northern Ireland,
Republic of Ireland, and Scotland, and Welsh nationals)
were mentored by some of the industry’s best
writers and producers.


JUNE 10 – 13

With a team of partners, we presented a virtual 4-day lab, during which Mentors and Writers engaged in rigorous script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, mock writers rooms and more, which will be followed by 5-months of post-lab development, support, and mentoring.


The 12 participants of The Writers Lab UK & Ireland 2021

Claire Barclay,  Return Her (½-hour drama, England)
Alice Clark,  The Munitionettes (1-hour drama, Scotland)
Angela Franklyn,  Mozart’s Don Jane (feature, drama, England)
Kit Hui,  Black Dust (feature, drama, England)
Rachel Mars,  Slacks (½-hour comedy, England)
Catherine McGrotty,  Off Season (½-hour fantasy, N. Ireland)
Anna Merritt & Deborah Wiseman,  Is This It? (½-hour comedy, Ireland)
Lydia Mulvey,  Solas (½-hour sci-fi, Ireland)
Sylvia-Anne Parker,  600 Steps (feature, drama, England)
Leyla Pope,  One Last Holiday (feature, drama, Wales)
Dorothy Jane Stewart,  The Story of Me and You (feature, drama, Scotland)
Ali Taylor,  My Boy (1-hour drama, Scotland)

Our Partners

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, Dirty Films

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