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From Cecilia: Occasionally I am sent invitations to events that I cannot attend. So I am sharing this opportunity with North American Women, born before June 1 1975 who would like to get genuine film industry mentorship for their scripts. I was very lucky. I was mentored by Eva Monley (British Producers Guild), one of the best insider’s insider from the Golden Age of Hollywood. She worked on the script for the African Queen starring Mr.Bogart and Ms.Hepburn! So I appreciate the value of such creative trans-generational links! Please, if you fit the description, don’t waste this opportunity! APPLY! The Industry needs more women of substance with solid scripts and genuine visions!

Meryl Streep

The Writers Lab
Deadline: June 1, 2015 @ 5 PM

Presented by NYWIFT and IRIS, The Writers Lab is funded with the generous support of MerylStreep. The Lab brings 8 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY from September 18-20, 2015. The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East. 

About the Lab:

The only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development. The lab offers 8 promising films by women over 40 a springboard to production.

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The Lab will take placeSeptember 18-20, 2015, at Wiawaka Center for Women, on Lake George.

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 prior to June 1, 1975, and must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. 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.

Questions? Email

See our FAQ’s for more details.

Submissions Page

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