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Stowe Story Labs exists to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.

Fall Narrative Lab

Application season for is now closed. Application season for 2018 Stowe Story Lab will open February 1, 2018.

This four-day intensive is designed to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.

To learn more about our labs, read on.

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Fall Narrative Lab

Stowe Story Labs brings screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers together with seasoned industry professionals to help get projects made and seen.

The Labs are held in Stowe, Vermont at the Helen Day Art Center. The application to the Labs is here. Application season is however now closed.

The four-day intensive program features:

  • Skill development and focus on story structure, character and theme; conversation about story; packaging; elements of creative production; casting; and finance and distribution
  • Specific workshops focused on adaptation
  • Direct access to working industry professionals
  • Opportunities to build knowledge, skills and insights to navigate the film industry
  • A network of talented peers, vital in this collaborative art and business
  • workshop, roundtable and social time
  • A beautiful setting to develop your craft!

Narrative Lab will be facilitated by Stowe Story Lab’s Co-Founder David Pope. Our host of top industry mentors include people such as:

  • Award-winning UK-based Creative Producer Alex Boden (CLOUD ATLAS, SENSE8)
  • Academy Award-winning Screenwriter and Producer David Magee (FINDING NEVERLAND, LIFE OF PI)
  • Award-winning Iconic Casting Director Ellen Parks (SIDEWAYS, SECRETARY)
  • Academy Award nominated Creative Producer Amy Hobby (SECRETARY, WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?)
  • Filmmaker, screenwriter and Seed & Spark team member Julie Keck
  • Development Executive and Producer of TV and Film, Tribeca Film Institute Director of Scripted Programs Molly O'Keefe

Each Lab is limited in size and is designed for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers with narrative projects in all stages of development.

For each Lab we are looking for applicants who demonstrate talent, an interesting story idea and a commitment to learning skills necessary to get work made and seen in this complex and collaborative industry. We do not at the labs offer notes on each project -- although we do facilitate peer-to-peer feedback -- but instead focus on story structure, theme, character and genre. 

Please take a look at a typical agenda here.

We offer a number of fellowships to the lab, which are described here. We wish we did not need to charge for slots at all, and keep the fees as low as possible. We do offer as well significant partial scholarships to the Labs. In addition, through our lodging partners, we are able to offer participants good discounts on rooms around Stowe, many of which include full breakfast. We make sure there is plenty of food and drink through the day and evening, so food cost as well is kept to a minimum.

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I had such an incredible time at the labs …thank you for the insights, wisdom, community, fun and challenges! What an addictive combination. – Anita Ross, 2015 Participant (New Zealand)

I had a silent breakthrough on my own script, laughed, learned, and enjoyed. – Kim Dempster (New York)

I hope to be able to assimilate even a fraction of what I learned into my work. – Nelson Dowend (New York)

I came away with a solid pitch; a plan for packaging my project with next steps; I made friends and met – I hope – future collaborators for a lifetime. Thank you. – Jodi Gibson (New York)

Stowe Story Labs not only inspired a breakthrough idea for a script that I've been stuck rewriting for a long time, it also introduced me to a community of like-minded people whose notes and suggestions on other projects have been invaluable. Stowe's a pretty cool place to do it, too. - Jeffrey Field (Kansas City)

Our vision is to support the collaborative process of writers, filmmaking and creative producers and we welcome your application to the Labs.

Working with dedicated partners, we offer several fellowships to the Labs. Information about each fellowship is provided below. The application to the Labs is here.



Some information about a few of our fellowships:

You can learn more about our fellowships here.

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards —  Widely recognized as one of the most important resources for emerging screenwriters, the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards was founded in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development executives to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from around the world.  Two PAGE Fellowships will be awarded annually to PAGE Quarter-finalists who apply to the Labs. We will confirm with the team at PAGE which Stowe Story Labs applicants also made the quarter-finals with PAGE and will award two such applicants with a PAGE fellowship. The fellowship covers fees and meals at Stowe Story Labs and the recipients will receive a free copy of Final Draft 10, courtesy of Final Draft.

Tangerine EntertainmentTangerine is a production company founded to support women in film. For our third year, Tangerine is partnering with Stowe Story Labs on the Tangerine Fellowship, to be awarded annually to an outstanding female screenwriter, filmmaker or creative producer. The fellowship covers fees and meals at the 2016 Lab, a year of ongoing mentoring with the Tangerine team, and the recipients will receive a free copy of Final Draft 10, courtesy of Final Draft.. 

Champlain College Division of Communication and Creative Media — Champlain College's outstanding film program integrates academic excellence with the development of strong professional skills, emphasizing innovation, creativity, technological expertise, critical reflection, and professionalism.  Two Champlain Fellowships are awarded each year to outstanding students (or a graduating senior) studying screenwriting or filmmaking at Champlain College. The fellowships covers fees, meals and lodging at the Fall Labs and includes a free copy of Final Draft 10, courtesy of Final Draft.

Middlebury College Fellowship - For the second year we are proud to partner with Middlebury College to offer a fellowship to an undergraduate film student showing exemplary talent in screenwriting. The Middlebury Fellow will receive fees, meals and lodging at the Fall Labs, and includes a free copy of Final Draft 10, courtesy of Final Draft.

NewEnglandFilm.com — The premier online resource and magazine for film and video production in New England, NewEnglandFilm.com partners with Stowe Story Labs to provide a fellowship to the Fall Labs to a emerging New England-based screenwriter, filmmaker and/or creative producer showing tremendous promise and talent. The fellowship covers fees and meals at the Labs, and includes a free copy of Final Draft 10, courtesy of Final Draft.

In addition to our partner fellowships, Stowe Story Labs  will award a fellowship to an outstanding emerging Vermont-based screenwriter, filmmaker and/or creative producer. The fellowship covers fees and meals at the Labs and includes a free copy of Final Draft 10, courtesy of Final Draft.

There is no separate application for fellowships. 


Thank you to all of our partners


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