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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 is now open. Apply Now!

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

The 2018 Lab will run September 8 - 11 at Stowe's Helen Day Art Center.

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 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 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.


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.

Thank you to all of our partners

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