Fall Narrative Lab
2019 Application season now open
Next Deadline April 19th

About

Stowe Story Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit collaborative that brings top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers from around the world together with seasoned industry professionals to help get projects made and seen. Through our labs, retreats, workshops, and mentoring programs, we offer admitted participants an opportunity to develop the skills, tools, and abilities to make meaningful work and help develop that work.

The 7th Annual Narrative Lab will be held September 7 – 10, 2019 at Stowe, Vermont’s iconic Helen Day Art Center in the heart of the Stowe Village.

Our Anchor Fall Narrative Lab is limited to approximately forty participants. We look for applicants who demonstrate talent, a fantastic story idea, and a commitment to learning skills necessary to get work made and seen in this complex and collaborative industry. 

The four-day intensive program features:

  • Skill development and focus on story structure, character and theme; conversation about story; packaging; elements of creative production; casting; adaptation; and finance and distribution
  • Direct access to working industry professionals, top in their fields
  • Opportunities to build knowledge, skills and insights to navigate the film industry
  • A network of talented peers, vital in this collaborative art and business workshop, roundtable and social time
  • A beautiful setting to develop your craft!

You can see a typical agenda here.

We offer several Fellowships to the Lab, which are described here. We as well offer meaningful partial scholarships. There is no separate fellowship or scholarship application.


Benefits

Our annual four-day intensive Narrative Lab is the entry point to our programs and features. Admitted applicants receive:

  • Skill development and focus on story structure, character, and theme; conversation about story; packaging; elements of creative production; casting; adaptation; and finance & distribution
  • Opportunity to work with top industry professionals at the Lab itself and if interested, qualify for the ongoing mentorship program which includes 6, 1-hour personal sessions with a specific mentor
  • Access to our first-look deals with either London’s Film Seekers or the Sam Houston Film Fund 
  • Opportunities to build knowledge, skills, and insights to navigate the film industry
  • A network of talented peers, vital in this collaborative art and business workshop, roundtables, and social time
  • A beautiful setting to develop your craft!
  • In addition, through our lodging partners, we are able to offer participants good discounts on rooms around Stowe, many of which include full breakfast
  • We make sure there is plenty of food and drink through the day and evening, so food cost as well is kept to a minimum and social time with participants and mentors allow for relaxed conversations
  • Admission to the Fall Lab gives participants access to all Stowe Story Labs offerings.


Although the Fall Lab is still several months out, we can announce the following mentors for 2019:

  • LA-based Darrien Michele Gipson is an M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California and was formerly Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures. She is currently the National Director of SAGindie, an educational resource for independent filmmakers looking to hire professional actors for their films. 
  • NYC-based Bryce Norbitz is the Director of Scripted Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute. Bryce is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre and Film programs. 
  • LA-based screenwriter Scott Collette has a background in sales and film finance.
  • LA-based creative producer Julie Pacino

We will update this space as mentors are confirmed.

To learn more about our mentors, please click here.