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for The Writers Lab US 2022

The retreat will be in-person, November of 2022

 

About the Program

THE WRITERS LAB US

The Writers Lab is the only program in the world devoted exclusively to script development for women-identifying writers over 40. The Lab is presented by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, with New York Women in Film & television, and in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with in-kind support from The Black List, Cinequest, Falco Ink, Film Fatales, Filmarket Hub, Final Draft, Population Media Center, and Roadmap Writers.

We will select up to 16 feature writers and pilot writers to participate. Writers selected for the Lab will work one-on-one and in group sessions with acclaimed screen industry leaders to develop their scripts and their craft and to build tools and strategies to achieve success.

With a team of partners, we will present a 4-day lab in November during which Mentors and Writers will engage in rigorous script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, mock writers rooms and more.

Our Partners

The Writers Lab is produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, with New York Women in Film & Television.

The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with in-kind support from The Black List, Cinequest, Falco Ink, Film Fatales, Filmarket Hub, Population Media Center, and Roadmap Writers. A special thank you to Final Draft for their product contribution.

TWL is made possible through the generosity of

Meryl Streep
Nicole Kidman
Oprah Winfrey
The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
Kate Hall & Gary Lynch
The Kurtz Family Foundation

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Previous Years

The Writers Lab was born in 2014 when Kyle Ann Stokes, Elizabeth Kaiden, and Nitza Wilon reached out to NYWIFT with the germ of an idea. When Meryl Streep offered her support in 2015, TWL was launched. Since then, we have presented 8 yearly labs in New York and Connecticut, plus a UK and Ireland Lab, and an upcoming Lab in Europe. Our 9th US Lab will be in November 2022, in-person, health guidelines permitting.

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