Photos: Rooftop Celebration For The Writers Lab

Last night, the Writers Guild of America, East hosted a rooftop celebration for The Writers Lab, which is presented by NYWIFT and IRIS and funded with the generous support of Meryl Streep. The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East.

The Lab selected 12 women screenwriters over the age of 40 for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY. Here are the inaugural list of participants and their scripts: Sarah Bird (DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN); Vanessa Carmichael (THE AMERICAN); Tracy Charlton (RAISED UP); Kellen Hertz (ASHBURN); Anna Hozian (ANCHOR BABY); Lyralen Kaye (ST. JOHN THE DIVINE IN IOWA); Jan Kimbrough (THE GLASTONBURY COW PARTY); Billie Mason (THE CARGO); Peres Owino (BASKETWEAVER); Gretchen Somerfeld (FACE VALUE); Janet Stilson (JAGUAR TRAIL); Kim Turner (IT GOES LIKE THIS).

The 12 winners will work with mentors including Caroline Kaplan (TIME OUT OF MIND, PERSONAL VELOCITY), Kirsten Smith (LEGALLY BLONDE, TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU), Jessica Bendinger (BRING IT ON, AQUAMARINE), Mary Jane Skalski (WIN WIN, THE STATION AGENT),Gina Prince-Bythewood (SECRET LIFE OF BEES, BEYOND THE LIGHT), Lydia Dean-Pilcher (THE LUNCHBOX, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST) and Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS). Mentors advise in one-on-one meetings with additional events to inspire artists to hone their creative vision.