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The Writers Lab UK & Ireland (TWL), the script development programme for women & non-binary writers

Updated: May 11, 2023

The Writers Lab is the pioneering programme devoted exclusively to script development for women and non-binary screenwriters over 40, with Untamed Stories’ Julia Berg and Ruth Spencer partnering with the TWL founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon to bring the Lab to the UK & Ireland for a second time.

The programme starts in September 2022 running until February 2023, with a six month programme of rigorous script-development work through one-on-one meetings with Mentors, focused work in peer groups, panel discussions followed by marketplace; networking, attachments and sustainable pathways forward into the industry. All selected participants will be issued a Stipend of £1,000 per participant to contribute to expenses incurred from freeing up time to dedicate to the Lab.

Submissions are now open, learn more and apply via this link – deadline to apply is Monday 30 May

Angela Franklyn (Participant of 2021 TWL UK + Ireland): Writing is my second chance at life after I had to give up my career as an actress and singer due to a health condition. As a woman in my 40’s, trying to prize open the doors to this competitive industry felt like an impossible task. The Writers’ Lab has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only were those doors opened, but an incredible and supportive group of talented women held my hand as I walked through them, and continue to nurture me as I begin the exciting journey towards production of my first movie.


Created by TWL co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon with Julia Berg and Ruth Spencer of Untamed Stories, and  developed with support from New York Women in Film & Television, The Writers Lab UK & Ireland is dedicated to developing  narrative scripted content by diverse women over the age of 40 in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We are industry veterans who elevate the work of women screenwriters in their prime through mentorship, advocacy and exposure.

For more information visit 

Follow at @The_Writers_Lab


Founded by Julia Berg, now partnered with Ruth Spencer. Untamed Stories is a film/TV development hub for new voices that  nurtures projects by underrepresented talent and ensures an exciting pathway for greater access to the industry. The  company founders are also producing content with top tier writers, directors and financiers including Emily Ballou (HUMANS,  TABOO) Stuart Page (TOTAL CONTROL) and Maven Pictures (AMERICAN HONEY) Julia is a development consultant for Bruce Goodison and Kate Cook´s Indefinite Films across their C4 slate.

For more information visit

Follow @UntamedStories (twitter) / @UntamedStoriesJR (Facebook/instagram)


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