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


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Lab Application Process Open

David Rocchio

Applications Being Accepted for September Story Lab

Stowe Story Labs, in its fifth year running Labs and Retreats for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers, is now accepting applications for the September Lab - September 9-12, 2017, to be held at the Helen Day Art Center in the village of Stowe, Vermont. Admissions are made on a rolling basis starting June 1.

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Working with top industry professionals, lab participants gain insights, build relationships, and advance their work. You can apply to the Fall Lab here.

Starting this fall, the September Lab is the entry point for a year of ongoing mentoring and programs to help prepare your project to be made into a film or show. Competitive Fellowships are available. All fellows are granted a fee waiver and receive a free copy of Final Draft 10.

Here is a testimonial written by Final Draft Ambassador, Filmmaker Jonathan London to the team at Stowe Story Labs:

“Now that I am back in Los Angeles I wanted to write to express how profoundly valuable the past few days have been to me as a storyteller. Thank you for everything you have done. The program not only helped my next draft but my outlook, approach and work ethic moving forward. I welcome the chance to work with you again.”

Jonathan London, Stowe Story Labs / PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Fellow, Sept. 2016 (returning May ’17 to Stowe Story Labs’ Writers’ retreat)

Click here to apply to the Labs. We wish you the best of luck in that process.

Application Season Officially Opens!

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Stowe Story Labs 2015 Participants and Mentors at end of another hard day!

Stowe Story Labs 2015 Participants and Mentors at end of another hard day!

The Labs will again be held at the wonderful Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT. 

Small class size and supportive environment.

Early Bird Discount available for applications submitted by May 2nd.  To apply click here.

The Fall Stowe Story Lab provides:

  • Skill development and focus on story structure, character and theme; pitching and packaging; elements of creative production; casting; and finance and distribution
  • Direct access to top working industry professionals in informal, casual setting (for our ever expanding list of fantastic mentors, click here)
  • Tools to navigate this complex industry
  • A network of talented peers, vital in this collaborative art and business
  • An opportunity to forge friendships and collaborations with phenomenal peers and mentors
  • One-on-one, workshop, roundtable and social time
  • A beautiful setting to develop your craft!

Each Lab is limited in size and is designed for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers with narrative projects in all stages of development. You do not need a polished script to apply. You need a great story and talent, as well as the commitment to learn skills necessary to get work made and seen. (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 will be invited to apply to the spring writers' retreat (which is invitation only), where participants receive intensive, draft-based feedback and discussion on individual projects in a supportive environment.)

Please take a look at a typical agenda.

Although there is a fee to attend the Labs, we continue to expand our offering of fully funded fellowships, made possible through phenomenal partnerships.  We are dedicated to supporting as many participants through fellowships as possible. Nine fellowships offered. 

To view 2016 Fellowship details and partners please click here. There is no separate application needed for fellowships. Watch for further announcements regarding fellowships throughout the spring.

We look forward to reading your application. Thank you.

Our fellowship partners:

May 2016 Writers' Retreat Participants Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is proud to announce the participants for its May 2016 Writers' Retreat, held at Stowe, Vermont's historic Timberholm Inn.

Looking forward to a wonderful week with this tremendous group:

Laurel Aarsvold, California
Dagmar Blommaert, Belgium
Michael Curtis, Georgia
Stacey Davis, Alabama
Nelson Downend, Brooklyn
Brennig Hayden, Wales
Austin Kase, Connecticut
Amy Mattila, Minnesota
Matt Minson, Texas
Eafat Newton, Massachusetts
Diana Richardson, California
Nan Schmid, New York
Christina Shaver, Chicago
Carylanna Taylor, New York
Kelsey Whalen, Massachusetts
Debi Yazbeck, Texas
Elizabeth Hayes, South Carolina

"The stories being brought to Stowe by this talented and dedicated group are diverse, powerful, funny, poignant, harrowing and well-crafted," said David Rocchio, Founder and Director of Stowe Story Labs. "We look forward to a rewarding week providing meaningful input in a supportive and collaborative environment, not to mention having a fantastic time while doing it."