Our ninth annual Writers Lab began in New York City on Tuesday, November 7. Writers, Mentors, and the TWL Team traveled upstate to Saugerties for 4 full days focused solely on their projects, community building, and career strategizing.
For the second time, we stayed at the Kaatsbaan Lodge, which offered serene accommodations and inspiring views of the Catskill mountains, plentiful and delicious meals, and countless spots for our one on ones, panels, workshops, screenings, and informal meetings.
The hybrid intensive—with in-person and virtual elements—balances workshops and discussion, along with individual script work and group sessions. We’ll focus on building craft, community, and career skills with this cohort, which includes feature and pilot writers bringing a diverse array of genres, profiles, creative voices and lived experiences. The on-site mentors—writers and directors—offer generous and candid unscripted interaction, as well as hours of deep craft and career exploration. Virtual discussions with additional speakers and guests further enrich the retreat.
The writers leave with detailed plans for revisions and tools to advocate for themselves and their work. The cohort will continue to work together and support each other, with advocacy and guidance from The Writers Lab team, the mentors, and the alumnae community.
They will join a powerhouse roster of Mentors that includes:
Neha Dutta (Development Executive)
Anya Epstein (The Affair)
Amy Fox (Equity)
Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon)
Rita Hsiao (Mulan)
Jennifer Kassabian (Frankie Drake Mysteries)
Robina Lord-Stafford (Moonshine),
Erica Saleh (One Of Us Is Lying),
Mary Jane Skalski (The Station Agent)
Shelby Stone (The Chi)
Pat Verducci (True Crime)
Jamie Zelermyer (Boys Don’t Cry)
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