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


Stowe Story Labs and Final Draft (a Cast&Crew Entertainment Company) Announce Final Draft Fellowship

David Rocchio

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Stowe Story Labs and Final Draft, a Cast&Crew Entertainment Company, are proud and excited to announce the launch of a “Final Draft Fellowship” to the 6th Annual Stowe Story Lab.  

The Non-Profit Stowe Story Labs was founded in 2013 to help top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world get work made and seen. Applications are now being accepted to the sixth-annual Lab, held at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont, on September 8 - 11, 2018.


Final Draft has supported Stowe Story Lab fellowships to the Fall Lab for several years, with copies of Final Draft 10.  

Starting in 2018, Stowe Story Labs is offering a “Final Draft Fellowship” to the Fall Lab.

 The Final Draft Fellowship will go to a top deserving applicant to the Lab and will receive a fee waiver and other benefits. To learn more about the fellowship, please click here. (There is no separate fellowship application.)

The Annual four-day fall story lab is the entry point to Stowe Story Labs’ programs. The Lab provides four days of

  • small group workshops with industry mentors;
  • peer-to-peer group sessions; in-conversation interviews and Q&As;
  • skill and craft workshops;
  • conversations about production, financing, and distribution systems;
  • structured networking and social time with peers and mentors.

Other Stowe Story Labs programs include -

  • Writers’ Retreats offering detailed script notes
  • Ongoing one-on-one mentoring
  • Market Participation programs
  • Other programming and collaborative tools to help get work made and seen.

The Fall Lab is the only program available through open application process. All other elements are available by invitation only. 

“We are thrilled to initiate this fellowship,” said Stowe Story Labs President and founder David Rocchio. “Final Draft has been integral to breaking down barriers to entry to the film and TV Industries through its intuitive, industry-standard screenwriting software,” he said. “We are aligned with Final Draft to enable the best emerging talents to advance their work and are excited to add a Final Draft Fellow to our fellowship program,” he said.

About Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company

Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 25 years. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draft offers the annual Big Break Contest – a screenwriting competition that launches careers, and awards over $80,000 in cash and prizes. Final Draft also offers the Reader® and Writer® apps for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable. To learn more about Final Draft and its products and services, visit:

More information about the labs can be found here.

The earlybird application deadline is April 14.