Program Design

Program Design

The Writers’ Lab is an immersive conservatory-like forum focused on the creative, collaborative, technical and business aspects of screenwriting.

Writers often have different goals/trajectories coming into and upon leaving the program, so we focus on helping them realize their individual potential by taking a customized approach to deliver on each writer’s needs.

Throughout the Writers’ Lab, writers exercise their cinematic storytelling skills and their ability to execute through continued engagement in the script-to-screen process. Writers hone their creative process and ability to articulate what makes them and their projects distinct through the following:

CREATIVE & COLLABORATIVE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

A series of workshops, case studies and complex production exercises that expose writers to a variety of perspectives and approaches to the narrative script-to-screen process. Writers leave the program with a comprehensive understanding of storytelling and screenwriting techniques. Writers continually exercise how to articulate their creative vision on the page, engage with feedback and manage the professional rewriting process.

BUSINESS OF WRITING & THE MARKETPLACE

Writers meet with producers, funders, story editors, writers/showrunners, directors and other industry professionals to gain valuable insights on creating content for the screen. Bridging the gap between a writer’s creative aspirations and the business of filmmaking, experts and mentors share knowledge, coaching and feedback on navigating the industry, building a slate, representation, their feature project and larger career-strategy.

FEATURE PROJECT ACCELERATION

Writers need to be able to develop multiple projects that support their voices as screenwriters. Writers come into the program with a primary feature project and project slate that support their voice. Through the Lab they work to identify and articulate the distinctive elements of these projects. These projects and slates can include dramatic features, documentaries, shorts, TV or web series, VR or AR projects, etc.

Writers also produce a short teaser piece in the Lab, which champions their original voice and acts as a proof of concept for their primary feature project.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.