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Stowe Story Labs helps emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers get work made and seen. We do this through labs, workshops, mentoring, writers' retreats, and development programs. We look for good stories worth telling and people demonstrating a collaborative nature and the ability and capacity to do the work, regardless of previous experience. 

Our application aims to learn about you, your work, and your vision for the project you are building. Thank you for considering our programs and for taking the time to apply. 

NOTE: Our Application Season runs through February 15, 2022. We have early, regular, late application review seasons. Deadlines as follow:

Early Bird Deadline: Dec. 15 

Regular Deadline: Feb. 8

Final Deadline: Feb. 15

Late Deadline: Feb. 20

Learn more about us here:


We are a nonprofit dedicated to helping emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers get work made and seen. We look for people demonstrating talent and a good story worth developing, whether or not they have experience in film or television. This application is for our 2022 labs and retreats. Details about our programs, schedule of program, and template agendas can be found here under the programs tab for "narrative labs" and "writers' retreats." Although we do charge for our programming, we work to keep the cost of programming as low as possible. If our program changes during application season, we will write to you to tell you about the changes. If there are new labs or retreats, we will include your application in review for those programs.

Please take a minute and review this note before filling out your application.

Application process

We have one application for our labs and retreats. On the application, you may rank the programs you are most interested in, but we will review your application for all slots and, if you are admitted, we will discuss with you which program might be best. You can choose "no preference" when applying. As we review material, we may reach out to ask follow up questions.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Although we rely on fees to operate, we do offer as much support to our participants as possible. We offer several fellowships. Each fellowship has its own criteria and goals. At a minimum, the fellowships cover the fees for one participant to attend a program, as well as other benefits. Please check the website for information about each fellowship. We also offer dozens of partial scholarships to help ensure deserving applicants can attend our programs. There is not a separate application process for these opportunities. If interested in financial support, you will be steered to questions about these programs.

Fees and Other Notes

The fee to attend an in-person four-day Narrative Lab in 2022 will be $2,500. The fee to attend an in-person five-day writers' retreat will be $2,750. Fees include all content and most meals. Travel and lodging are separate, and lodging is offered through our lodging partners, who offer deep and meaningful discounts to participants (and most include breakfast ....).

Given the uncertainty about the novel coronavirus, all programs could end up running remotely. An online Lab will cost $1,750. An online retreat will cost $1,950.

Please note we do not provide feedback on projects through our submission process.

Please familiarize yourself with our programs and fellowships before applying. You can of course reach out to us at

As noted above, we look for talented people - regardless of experience or background - bringing us interesting stories, and we look especially for underrepresented voices. Our mission includes breaking down barriers to this complicated industry. 

Thank you again for taking the time to apply. Thank you as well for trusting us with your work. We will take great care in our review of your application.

Best of luck in the process.

Team Stowe Story Labs

Stowe Story Labs: working to bend the world through story.