Founders Letter

Here at The Writers Lab, we love words. But looking at the pic below, it really is worth a thousand. It captures how we moved through the lab for four days: a touch giddy, a bit tousled, and definitely shoulder to shoulder.

If you don't have a group of women who've got your back in your art, find one or create one. Doesn't have to be big. Doesn't have to be in person. Just has to be.

Our deepest thanks go to the team at New York Women in Film & Television, who have partnered with us for 8 years, and continue to make the Lab possible. We joyfully welcomed Cynthia Lopez (Executive Director), and Rashiek Smart (Manager, Operations & Special Projects), to the lodge to join in the magic. Thanks, also, to The Writers Guild of America, East, (below) and the team at Falco Ink for their continuing PR support.

And, of course, to all of you storytellers....

Write on.
Elizabeth & Nitza

LAB News

After four gorgeous, intense days in upstate New York, the writers and mentors are still smiling, and still standing...

The Writers Lab US 2022: (l to r, top to bot.) Robina Lord-Stafford,
Arianna Ortiz, Kelly Campbell, Zuri Rice, Nitza Wilon, Mary Jane Skalski, Francine Daniels, Rita Hsiao, Gwen Goodkin, Amy Fox, Elizabeth Kaiden, Tamara Maloney, Roses Urquhart, Pat Verducci, Maeve McQuillan, Jamie Zelermyer, Shari Albert, Nic Cohen, Susan Cartsonis, Rebecca Dreyfus, Stephanie Bast, Robin Shanea Williams (on screen).


Shelley Thompson's 2018 TWL project, DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR, received Nova Scotia's Masterworks
Prize on November 10:

The film and its sensitivity to the subject matter represents Thompson’s talent as a filmmaker and ... celebrates the richness of Nova Scotia and the artistic community."
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Jury.


Amy Fox, TWL mentor, is an acclaimed writer of TV, features, and plays (The Connors, Equity) and an Arts Professor (NYU Tisch’s Graduate Film program). Amy offers online group classes, coaching, and script notes and feedback, empowering writers with tools and strategies to succeed in the entertainment industry.

Click HERE to learn more.
First class is 50% off!

Look out for True Spiritbased on Jessica Watson’s sailing memoir about her 210-day solo sailing journey around the world, produced by TWL mentor Susan Cartsonis (Resonate Entertainment). Coming February 2023 on Netflix!


You have just a few weeks until the final deadline of the FilmarketHub 2022 Screenwriting Contest
for Feature Films—December 14.
Submit your script now to receive 20% off your entry fee!
Gratitude goes to our partners The Writers Guild of America East for their in-kind support of this year's retreat. Dana Weissman, Director of Programs, joined us to launch our first in-person lab in three years. The WGA East continues to advocate for writers, recently collaborating with FilmNation Entertainment on their second fellowship.

Roadmap Writers is committed to supporting underserved communities, most recently offering an initiative for North American Indigenous screenwriters.

Check out their free month-long program HERE.

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