Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab for Women Over 40

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Meryl Steep has made a “significant” contribution to a screenwriters lab for women over 40, organized by New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS.

Called The Writer’s Lab, the program is meant to recognize “the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development.” The program, which will be held during the third weekend of September at the Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, is set to provide the eight finalists with mentorship from other women in the film industry.

Mentors who have confirmed their participation include Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights, Secret Life of Bees), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You) and Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent).

Applications for the lab will be available beginning May 1 with the eight winners announced Aug. 1.

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