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12 Screenwriters Announced for Meryl Streep’s Women Over 40 Writers Lab

12 Screenwriters Announced for Meryl Streep's Women Over 40 Writers Lab

Four months ago, Meryl Streep announced that she would fund a script-development program for female screenwriters over 40.

The Writers Lab has named its first 12 participants, who will take part in an intensive, three-day retreat on Lake George, NY, starting September 18. They are:

  • Sarah Bird, “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen”
  • Vanessa Carmichael, “The American”
  • Tracy Charlton, “Raised Up”
  • Kellen Hertz, “Ashburn”
  • Anna Hozian, “Anchor Baby”
  • Lyralen Kaye, “St. John the Divine in Iowa”
  • Jan Kimbrough, “The Glastonbury Cow Party”
  • Billie Mason, “The Cargo”
  • Peres Owino, “Basketweaver”
  • Gretchen Somerfeld, “Face Value”
  • Janet Stilson, “Jaguar Trail”
  • Kim Turner, “It Goes Like This”

The Lab will include panel discussions and one-on-one discussions with eight mentors. Those mentors are Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On,” “Aquamarine”), Caroline Kaplan (“Time Out of Mind,” “Me and You and Everyone We Know”), Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”), Darnell Martin (“Cadillac Records”), Lydia Dean Pilcher (“Darjeeling Limited,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Secret Life of Bees,” “Beyond the Lights”), Mary Jane Skalski (“Win Win,” “The Station Agent”) and Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blond,” “Ten Things I Hate About You”).

The Writers Lab received over 3,500 submissions for its inaugural edition. It is a collaboration with New York Women in Film and Television; Writers Guild of America, East; and IRIS, a collective of female filmmakers.

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Jill Dale, Bella Luce Productions

Woo hooo!! Women supporting women. We need to see more of this!

Dee Whitfield

Nice, I’ll have to enter next round.

Christine E. Mackenzie

I’ve been writing screenplays for 25 years now, had one optioned by a major Hollywood player and so far only 3 produced. I would love to attend, since I’ll be going back East around that time. Can you send me more details please?

Embarrassingly Simple,Group Poem, Marilyn Worrell

Only we who live and know our truth, can write our truth. Only woman are equipped for the ultimate ,primal, creative act, ‘Birth’. Every creative work is a birth and adds to our lineage.

Mickey Coburn

Would so love to contribute my screenplays to this opportunity. Thanks, Ms. Streep!

juliette e brown

Write on wise women –I am joining your ranks of creative screen narratives!!

Dorothy Forneris

This is amazingly exciting and an awakening to all fortunate to see this through. Please if you need anyone with the table reads count me in or for auditioning. I gave of acting to become a registered nurse- but the art of writing and acting is what fuels my soul!! I am 46 myself but passion for something always ages like a fine wine! Bless you all and best of success and happiness

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