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Meryl Streep to Fund The Writers Lab, Supporting Women Screenwriters Over 40 (EXCLUSIVE)

Meryl Streep to Fund The Writers Lab, Supporting Women Screenwriters Over 40 (EXCLUSIVE)

Meryl Streep, currently presiding over this year’s Berlin International Film Festival jury, has signed on once again to fund The Writers Lab, a four-day screenwriting retreat and development intensive for women screenwriters over the age of 40. Now in its second year, the lab features panel discussions, one-on-one meetings, and a series of more informal conversations designed to cultivate new cinematic voices. This year’s edition of the lab is scheduled for September 22-25 in New York.

Streep caused a stir Thursday with her response to criticism that the Berlinale jury, which includes no people of color, is whitewashed. "There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we’re all from Africa originally," she said, according to Variety. "We’re all Africans, we’re all Berliners." 

The mentors attached to the 2016 Writers Lab include Meg
LeFauve ("Inside Out"); Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"); 
Caroline Kaplan ("Personal Velocity"); Mary
Jane Skalski ("Win Win"), Darnell
Martin ("Cadillac Records"), Kristen Smith ("Legally Blonde"), and
Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like
Beckham"). 

The call for submissions is open through April 14, with the 2016 participants to be announced August 1. Submissions must be feature-length, fictional narrative scripts of any genre written by women over the age of 40, who are American citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. For more info, visit nywift.org and thewriterslab.nyc.

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Comments

Penelope

victor there is a retreat for male voices over 40. It’s called Hollywood.

Jenny

Pity this is not available for women outside the USA.

Carmen

I don’t care for Meryl Streep. I have no time for racists. I’m sure all of these women will be white so whatever. And Victor, you are trash – what a gross, useless, stupid comment!

Victor

Where’s the retreat for male writer’s over 40? Given the current trend, Hollywood executives are scared to read any of our scripts for fear of being labeled. My voice is in danger of never being heard. Perhaps I should pull a Trumbo and adopt a pen name of a black woman. I bet I’ll get more reads.

Alison

Sadly open only to citizens and residents of the US says 56 year old Noni Canuck!

No

Streep’s "We are all Africans" is going to win her a lot of new black friends.

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