2017 WIF | Black List Writing Labs

Writers:

We are very pleased to announce that applications are now open for our 2nd Annual Black List/Women In Film Episodic Lab and our Inaugural Black List/Women In Film Women’s Feature Lab, both supported by Verizon go90.

 

The 2nd Annual Black List/Women In Film Episodic Lab for Women Writers supported by Verizon go90

The Black List and Women In Film will invite six to eight promising non-professional television writers who identify as women to the Lab. The Lab will run twice weekly for four weeks beginning on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 and will consist of script development, peer workshopping sessions and Master Classes with established writers and industry executives. Lab participants will have their final pilots read by agencies and networks. Read more about our 2016 Participants.

Travel and accommodations will not be provided for Episodic Lab participants. If you are applying to the Lab and do not live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, you will need to cover your own travel and accommodation expenses.

 

The Inaugural Black List/Women In Film Feature Lab for Women Writers supported by Verizon go90

The Black List and Women In Film will invite six to eight promising non-professional screenwriters who identify as women to a weeklong, intensive writers workshop in Los Angeles, CA from February 18-24, 2018. All writers involved in the Lab will workshop one feature screenplay through one-on-one sessions with each screenwriting mentor and in peer workshops. The weeklong program will also include attendance at several story-related events including screenings and Q&As with professional screenwriters and dinner with lit agents and managers.

Travel and accommodations will be provided by the Black List. The Feature Lab is a residential program. If you are accepted into the Lab, you will be required to board in the provided accommodations for the duration of the program.

Apply for the Labs today! 

2017 Episodic Lab Application

2017 Feature Lab Application

 

 

 

Please note, because this covers two labs, the following contains a lot of information. Please read carefully.

 

The selection process will work like this:

 

Episodic Lab

Women In Film Members submit the first 10 pages of their scripts, 250 word synopses, resumes and personal statements to Women In Film, through the TV Episodic Application here. Applications will be open through August 3 for the Episodic Lab, Those invited through to the second rounds for each lab will then be asked to upload their full TV scripts on August 11 to the Black List. All accepted scripts will receive one free month of hosting and two free evaluations, automatically applied. If you are not selected through Women In Film in the first round or don’t meet the Women In Film deadline, you will still have the opportunity to submit directly through the Black List. Black List evaluations purchased before midnight on August 17, 2017 will be guaranteed consideration. Please note, purchase of an evaluation is not required for consideration to participate in the Episodic or Feature Labs.

For the Episodic Lab for Women Writers, the opt-in period in which you select to be considered for the lab on the Black List website, will be open until midnight September 17, 2017. The Black List and Women in Film will then invite 12-15 writers to interview on either September 27 or 28 (please check your calendars for your availability). From those writers, the Black List and Women In Film will select six to eight women writers to participate in the Episodic Lab. Those writers will be notified no later than September 29.

Dates are listed again below for clarity.

 

Feature Lab

For the Feature Lab for Women Writers, Women In Film Members submit the first 10 pages of their scripts, 250 word synopses, resumes and personal statements to Women In Film, Feature Application here. Applications will be open through September 8, 6PM PST, for the Feature Lab, Those invited through to the second rounds for each lab will then be asked to upload their full screenplays on September 15 to the Black List. All accepted scripts will receive one free month of hosting and two free evaluations, automatically applied. If you are not selected through Women In Film in the first round or don’t meet the Women In Film deadline, you will still have the opportunity to submit directly through the Black List. Black List evaluations purchased before midnight on September 26, 2017 will be guaranteed consideration. Please note, purchase of an evaluation is not required for consideration to participate in the Episodic or Feature Labs.

The opt-in period in which you select to be considered for the lab on the Black List website, will be open until midnight November 26, 2017. From their scripts, personal statements and resumes, the Black List, Women In Film and Lab mentors will select six to eight writers to participate in each of the Labs. We will not be holding in-person interviews. Those writers will be notified the week of January 8, 2018.

 

Key Dates

 

Episodic Lab:

 

July 17 – Lab Applications open

August 3  – WIF Episodic Lab Applications Due – CLOSED

August 11 – First round selections announced, asked to upload full script to the Black List by August 17

August 17 – Black List Evaluation request deadline

September 17 – Black List Opt In period closes

September 27 & 28 – In person interviews

September 29 – Participants notified

Week of October 24 – Episodic Lab begins

 

Feature Lab:

 

July 17 – Lab Applications open

September 8 (6PM PST)  – WIF Feature Lab Applications close – CLOSED

September 15 – First round selections announced, asked to upload full script to the Black List by September 26

October 26 – Black List Evaluation request deadline

November 26 – Black List Opt In period closes

January 8, 2018 – Participants notified

February 18, 2018 – Feature Lab begins

 

Beginning today, writers who meet the below criteria can opt their scripts into consideration for the Labs selection process during the uploading process or the “My Scripts” portion of the website:

 

  • You are the sole and exclusive author of the feature screenplay or teleplay submitted for consideration.
  • You have not received more than $100K in aggregate to date as compensation for film or television writing work.
  • If selected for participation in the Episodic Lab, you are available to participate in the Lab program in Los Angeles, CA between October 24 and November 16, 2017.
  • If selected for participation in the Feature Lab, you are available to participate in the Lab program in Los Angeles, CA during February 18-24, 2018.

 

Needless to say, the Black List and Women In Film are excited by this singular opportunity to highlight and support up-and-coming television and film writing talent with the support of Verizon go90.

 

Make a note of the deadlines for both Labs and don’t miss your chance. We look forward to seeing many of you in Los Angeles this fall!

 

Women In Film and the Black List