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

The Writers Lab 2019 is supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and is produced by 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, Roadmap Writers, Relativity Ventures, Stony Brook Southampton+Manhattan & Tribeca Film Institute.

12 Writers are selected to attend a 4 day writing retreat. 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.

Backed by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, our fifth annual Writers Lab Retreat will take place October 2-6, 2019 at the Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, CT. We are working on this year’s agenda and recruiting the 2019 Mentors, stay tuned as we add Mentors to our 2019 roster. Past mentors have included:

Pat Verducci - Pat has written screenplays for Touchstone Pictures, Witt-Thomas Productions, and Disney’s animation division. She has also worked as a story consultant for Disney/Pixar as part of their Brain Trust.

Susan Cartsonis - The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for What Women Want—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release and number two to this day, and Where the Heart Is. She produced the teen hits, The Duff, Beastly, Aquamarine and executive-produced Middle School, Invisible Sister, and No Reservations.

Lisa Cortes - Lisa Cortes is a producer and director, known for The Woodsman (2004), Precious (2009) and Monster's Ball (2001).

Amy Fox - Amy Fox is an acclaimed screenwriter, playwright and educator, and a passionate advocate for elevating women’s voices in the arts and the workplace. Most recently she wrote the screenplay for Equity, the female-driven Wall Street film which premiered at Sundance 2016 and was released by Sony Pictures Classics.

Mary Jane Skalski - Mary Jane Skalski began her career at Good Machine, where she worked on the early films of Ang Lee, Ed Burns and Nicole Holofcener. As a producer, her credits include four films with director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win and The Cobbler); Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin which premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, Todd Louiso’s Hello I Must Be Going which opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Adam Salky’s Dare, Peter Callahan’s Against the Current, Julien Goldberger’s The Hawk Is Dying, Jem Cohen’s Chain and Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls.

And many, many more wonderful mentors...

Applicants must be female and 40 years of age or over.