FEM SCRIPT LAB
FEM Script Lab is a writing lab for female and non-binary screenwriters in Toronto, held at The Theatre Centre. The lab is a place for screenwriters to share and receive feedback on work that is in development. We provide peer and mentor feedback and actor reading sessions in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking.
Our mission is to nurture writers and invest in female-driven stories. We aim to support writers during the creation process and create a community that offers programming for the promotion and viewing of female driven work.
We are accepting script submissions for our upcoming lab sessions. To participate in the lab, send us your script and a short bio about yourself and your work to: FEMScriptLab@gmail.com. We accept scripts of all forms and genres (features, shorts, TV, documentary, animation).
LAB # 1 - February 25, 2019 - 7PM / Deadline to submit: January 20, 2019 - CLOSED
LAB # 2 - March 18, 2019 - 7PM / Deadline to submit: January 20, 2019 - CLOSED
LAB # 3 - April 15, 2019 - 7PM / Deadline to submit: March 17, 2019 - CLOSED
LAB # 4 - May 13, 2019 - 7PM / Deadline to submit: April 14, 2019 - CLOSED
LAB # 5 - June 17, 2019 - 7PM / Deadline to submit: April 14, 2019 - CLOSED
In this intensive, Jill will guide participants through the process of creating new content, geared towards streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. The masterclass will cover crafting a premise, character creation, building character relationships, episodic structures, series arcs, theme, pilot story, pitch documents and the series bible. Jill will take a “whole writer” approach, touching on the care and development of your creative instrument and finding and freeing your voice. Participants will be asked to bring their own TV pitches to the session, which they will develop and workshop throughout the day.
JILL GOLICK: is a writer, producer and digital story teller. She has written for children’s, drama, soap and interactive. She’s best known for the internationally-acclaimed digital detective series Ruby Skye P.I. which she created, financed, wrote, produced and distributed. Her creative work has been rewarded with two Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards, a Canadian Screen Award, a Youth Media Award of Excellence, a Banff Rockie, and the grand prize from the LA-Marseilles WebFest among others. Jill mentors screenwriters at every career stage and teaches workshops on TV series creation whenever the opportunity arises. Her weirdest and coolest recent gig was creating the character for an artificial intelligence. She is currently writing a musical, developing a fictional podcast and creating new TV series for both adult and children’s audiences.
Questions about the masterclass?
Why do I have to apply to participate? Since space is limited to 20 writers, we ask that you apply to take part in the masterclass. We’d love to have everyone attend but the intensive is focused towards people who are emerging or mid-career professional screenwriters. Successful applicants will be notified by May 20, 2019.
How developed should my TV concept be? We ask that you submit with a short summary or pitch of your idea. If you have a bible or pilot, that’s great but you don’t need to submit it. You’ll be working on new ideas and concepts during the session, so come ready for your story to change and evolve throughout the day!
What do I need to bring? Your laptop (fully charged!), a notebook and pens. We’ll be providing refreshments throughout the day but lunch is not provided.
TO APPLY: Please submit a short summary of the TV concept you’d like to develop during the masterclass, along with a bio about yourself and your work to: FEMScriptlab@gmail.com with the subject heading - ‘Masterclass Submission’. The session will be limited to 20 participants.
Applications must be submitted by May 6, 2019 at 9:00 PM
If the masterclass fee is prohibitive to your attendance, please contact us.
SCRIPT LAB uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we encourage submissions from trans women and non-binary people. We aim to create a safe and welcoming environment for all screenwriters to share their stories.
Throughout the year FEM Script Lab holds special events such as Screenwriting Masterclasses, Industry Panel Discussions and Networking Events.