Founders Letter


Ladies, don't let anyone tell you
that you're past your prime.

Never give up.
Michelle Yeoh, 2023 Academy Award Winner 


Write on.
Nitza & Elizabeth

LAB News

11 DAYS to the final deadline! Time to polish your scripts and let them fly! At the November retreat, Fellows receive one-on-one meetings with lab mentors, panel discussions, peer workshops & mock writers rooms all followed by months of continued support from the industry's elite women filmmakers! Accepting features & pilots.
Apply HERE

The Writers Lab, Roadmap Writers, and Shore Scripts are the first organizations to publicly release their Annual Transparency Statements

The Writers Lab believes in honoring the work of writers, and we work hard each year to ensure that our team gives every submission appropriate consideration – not just because it's the right thing to do, but because we all benefit when writers choose to apply based on a clear understanding of our mission and process. 
Elizabeth Kaiden, Cofounder of The Writers Lab

Read more HERE.
The first Writers Lab Screenwriters Resource Summit 
is available to view


Thank You, Jennifer Dunn (TWL 2021) for creating the free app Notes Community to help screenwriters of all levels find a screenwriting group, hone their craft, stay accountable, and band together with peers to advance their careers!

Virginia Abramovich 
(TWL 2021) just won $10K in development funding for her sci-fi feature LIL, written with Katherine Andrews, from the Canadian provincial government.

Virginia plans to direct and shoot
a proof of concept this May!

After winning the Nova Scotia Masterworks prize for her film Dawn, Her Dad, & the TractorShelley Thompson (TWL 2018) used her winnings to create a fund for Trans Youth. Under the umbrella of a youth charity in Halifax NS, called Phoenix Youth Programs, the Dawn Fund intends to provide financial support to young trans people in need.


To Francine Daniels (TWL 2022), 
whose pilot In God We Gay 
was selected as the first-place
runner-up/finalist for the 
Daisy Pettles Writing Competition for Women!

Kellen Hertz (TWL 2015) is the
Co EP and head writer of two new seasons of How to Become ...
on Netflix, which are followups of How To Become a Tyrant, all voiced by Peter Dinklage.

New shows air in July & September!
Kim & Mai Spurlock (TWL 2017) will join the inaugural cohort of the Blumhouse and K Period Media's Screamwriting 
Fellowship. The sisters will hone their horror pic Good Sisters during the immersive year-round program, which includes a
week-long intensive!

Prolific sisters Sandra Judith Berg
(TWL 2015) have penned another charming romance: The Wedding Cottage

The premiere date is Saturday, April 15
(8:00 PM East/7:00 PM Central)
on the Hallmark Channel!
Congratulations to Ann Hawker & Shelagh McLeod (TWL 2018) 
who were awarded First Place for An Austrian Holiday 
at the JETS program that runs alongside Berlin Film festival!

Read more HERE


At the eighth annual Icon Mann HonorsThe Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood (TWL Mentor) was "lauded for her hallmark filmmaking and for inspiring culture by breaking new ground in cinema!"
Read more in VARIETY.


This Women's History Month, help Film Fatales support filmmakers by bidding in our annual Online Auction to win career-changing opportunities and virtual pitch sessions with top filmmakers! 

Ends March 31st, so bid today!

WeScreenplay is excited to partner with Talon Entertainment Finance who will select a project to receive a $10,000 short film grant! Talon will also offer development mentorship to the winning project. Selected finalists will get a meeting, and every entry receives one page of feedback!  Submit HERE.

The 7th annual Walla Walla Movie Crush is America's most intoxicating blend of American short cinema. We screen 100+ shorts over three days every summer, in the heart of Washington wine country, showcasing narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films
Send us your shorts

March Madness deadline March 31, final deadline May 19.
Use this code for a 50% discount: 7thWonder.

The Rehearsal Club is a small, mostly volunteer, 501(c)3 supporting women performing artists and offering subsidized housing, workshops, programs, and mentoring. Seeking part-time remote Executive Director.
Send resume and cover letter to
by March 24, 2023

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