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

Writers' Retreats

2018 General Application Season for Stowe Story Labs is closed. Thanks to all who applied!

Writers' Retreats

The writers’ retreats offer a rare opportunity for participants to invest five days in their writing and their professional development.

In beautiful, inspirational surroundings, each retreat convenes a community that provides the following for each participant:

  • Three one-on-one, one hour meetings with three different industry mentors to discuss your script, approach to project or career pathway
  • Daily structured one hour, small group,  peer to peer meetings
  • Group workshop sessions on subjects vital to developing the craft and navigating the business of screenwriting
  • Shared meal times, evening drinks and activities in the area giving an opportunity for broader conversations between peers and mentors
  • Time to reflect and write

Here is a typical agenda (based on program in Stowe):

Day 1:
- Introductions
- Workshop -- Theme and Character
- "Facilitated Lunch time discussions, Writing and Revising
- Welcome Dinner

Day 2:
- Writing and Revising / small group structured story discussions
- One-on-One Meetings
- Mentor Q & A
- Workshop -- logline and synopsis

Day 3:
- Writing and Revising / small group structured story discussions
- Optional Outdoor Time
- One-on-One Meetings
- Mentor Q & A
- Dialogue BBQ

Day 4:
- Optional Early Morning Mountain Adventure
- Writing and Revising / small group structural story discussions
- One-on-One Meetings
- Mentor Q & A
- Farewell Dinner and Drinks - Pitch if you want to!

Day 5:
- Slow Start / Optional Bike Outing
- Writing and Revising
- Workshop - Subtext
- Sad and long farewells

Writers' Retreat applications are by invitation only. 

There are writers' retreats in May, June and November. To learn more, please email

Our vision is to support the collaborative process of writers, filmmakers and creative producers as they work to create wonderful films. 

Through the labs, retreats, ongoing mentoring and participation in film markets, we hope to build a powerful tool both to compel projects forward and into production and to build a strong community of story tellers who work together, support and nurture each other, and get great works made and seen.

 May '17 Retreat: Peer-to-Peer Group hard at work.

May '17 Retreat: Peer-to-Peer Group hard at work.

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