Canada Lab

Frequently Asked Questions – Canada

The Application

How do I apply?

What are the submission period and fees?

What information will I need for the application?

How many scripts can I apply with?

Can writing partners apply?

What if I can’t afford the workshop fees?

Is it possible to submit an updated draft after I’ve applied?

What if I can’t pay by credit card, e-transfer or PayPal? What if I can’t afford the application fee? What if I can’t submit online? Can I deliver my application in person?

Is it true that when you enter a contest late, your script doesn’t have a chance?

Why do you charge an application fee?

What are the fees associated with attending the Intensive?

Should I have industry contacts call or e-mail with references?

How will I be notified about acceptance?

I haven’t recieved notification about my acceptance, but I know others who have? Why is that?


Am I eligible to apply?

Why does the application ask for my birthday?

I am a Canadian abroad or a Canadian Permanent Resident. Am I eligible to apply?

Do I need to provide proof of passport or visa with my application?

I don’t have much experience. Does this affect my chances of acceptance?

The Script

Am I required to submit a feature or pilot script?

Is there a correct length for a script?

Are there any requirements regarding the software I use to write?

What file formats can i use to submit my script?

Will you consider scripts not written in English?

Some questions for you to ask about your script.

Can I submit a script based on a book or an adaptation?

Can I submit a treatment if i don’t think I’ll have a completed draft by the deadline?

What does TWL Canada consider complete?

Will my ideas be protected?

Do you accept scripts that have been submitted elsewhere?

The TWL Canada Intensive

Who will attend the retreat?

When and Where?

What happens at the retreat?

What kind of production support does the Lab offer?

If my script is good enough to be accepted, why do I need to develop it further?

Does TWL Canada offer any follow-up for writers beyond the Retreat?

The Submissions & Selection Process

How does the reading and selection process work?

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What are some of the questions readers must answer?

When and how are writers notified?

Any more questions?

Top Reason Your Script Was Not Selected

Weak protagonist engine and arc

Poor or confusing world-building

Poor or confusing story set-up

Script is overwritten

Excessive and/or ineffective dialogue

Ineffective description

Concept is overdone or lacks relevance.

Uncinematic storytelling

Poor or clichéd gender representation

Typos, spelling and/or formatting errors

Data Use and Privacy Policy

What is The Writers Lab’s U.S. data use and privacy policy?

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