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

Fall Narrative Lab

Starting with the September 2017 Stowe Story Lab, participants in our lab will go through a year of intensive but supportive workshops, labs, mentoring and coaching to prepare a film or TV project for production.  

Our Fifth Annual Lab will take place September 9 - 12. This four-intensive will set the groundwork for the Spring Writers' Retreat; ongoing mentoring and coaching; and finally, at the end of a twelve-month or longer process, participation in a major film market, high-level pitch meetings, moving into production independently, a meaningful crowd-funding campaign and other tools and opportunities to get your work made and seen.

Applications for the September Lab will open in May. To keep informed on our schedule, our fellowships, and opening of application season, please subscribe to our newsletter here.

To learn more about our labs, read on. To learn about our writers' retreat, click here.


Fall Narrative Lab 2016

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

The 2016 Labs will take place September 10 - 13 at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont. The application to the Labs is here.

The four-day intensive program will feature:

  • Skill development and focus on story structure, character and theme; pitching and 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!

This year’s Narrative Lab will be facilitated by Stowe Story Lab’s Program Director David Pope. Industry Mentors include:

  • Award-winning UK-based Creative Producer Alex Boden (CLOUD ATLAS, SENSE8)
  • Award-winning Screenwriter, Director and Creative-Producer Austin Chick (XX/XY, GIRLS AGAINST BOYS)
  • Award-winning Screenwriter and Novelist Chris Millis (SMALL APARTMENTS)
  • Parts & Labor Creative Producer Lucas Joaquin (COMPLETE UNKNOWN, LITTLE MEN, LOVE IS STRANGE)
  • 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.

Fall Narrative Lab participants attend morning "DocDay" session - run in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute - for no additional fee.

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. All participants in the fall labs are invited to apply to the spring writers' retreat (which is a by invitation only event), where all of the focus is on individual story.

Please take a look at a typical agenda here.

We offer nine 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. The fee to attend the fall lab for paying registrants is $1,250, which includes all content. 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 is as well 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.

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.

Fellowship partners, requirements and content:

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,  a year of ongoing mentoring and the recipients will receive a free copy of Final Draft 9, courtesy of Final Draft.

Tangerine EntertainmentTangerine is a production company founded to support women in film, partners 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 and the 2017 Spring Writers' Retreat,  a year of ongoing mentoring and the recipients will receive a free copy of Final Draft 9, 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 9, courtesy of Final Draft. — The premier online resource and magazine for film and video production in New England, 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 9, courtesy of Final Draft.

Vermont International Film Festival — Located in Burlington, Vermont on the edge of Lake Champlain, VTIFF's vision is to be a premiere showcase of quality cinema in the region. The VTIFF fellowship will be awarded to an emerging Vermont-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 9, courtesy of Final Draft.

A drop-down menu on the Stowe Story Labs application allows applicants to apply for appropriate fellowships. All applicants who apply and later learn they are quarter-finalists with the PAGE Awards (in other words in the same year as the Lab applied to) will be assumed to have applied for the PAGE Fellowship.

Thank you to all of our partners

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