2018 WIF | Black List Writing Labs

The application to the 3rd annual Black List and Women In Film Episodic Lab is live! 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 2, 2018 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. Past advisors and Master Class teachers include Cindy Chupack (“Divorce”), Monica Beletsky (“Parenthood”), Carly Wray (“Westworld”), Liz Sarnoff (“Lost”), Kira Snyder (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Melissa Rosenberg (“Jessica Jones”), Mara Brock Akil (“Love Is”) and Jenni Konner (“Girls”).

June 15, 2018 – Lab Applications open
August 15, 2018 –  WIF Episodic Lab Applications Due
August 31, 2018 – Up to 25 Short List Writers notified
September 12 & 13, 2018 – In-person interviews
September 14, 2018 – Participants notified
Week of October 2, 2018 – Episodic Lab begins

Please note, applicants can apply through either Women In Film or the Black List, however instructions are different for each platform. Women In Film applicants must be active WIF Members in good standing. For Black List instructions, please click here.


  • You are the sole and exclusive author of the teleplay submitted for consideration.
  • You have not received more than $25K in aggregate to date as compensation for 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 2 and October 25, 2018.


Travel and accommodations will not be provided for 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.

Make a note of the deadlines and don’t miss your chance. The Black List and WIF are excited to continue highlighting and supporting up-and-coming television writers. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!

The Black List and Women In Film