Investment & Support

Stowe Story Labs: Online lab and retreat

February 11, 2021

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Stowe Story Labs is a U.S-based non-profit founded in 2013, offering a range of advanced development programs for top emerging screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world.

Screen Queensland is proud to have partnered with Stowe to offer supported placements for six Queensland individuals/teams (three per program) to attend two initiatives in 2021, aimed to help participants to develop work, hone craft and skill and prepare to get work made on screen.

Three Queensland-based individuals/teams will be selected per program. A team must be a maximum of two practitioners, composed of a writer with either another writer, director or producer.

Applications have closed for the first of these initiatives, the August Sidewalk Narrative Lab. Recipients are listed below.

Remote Fall Writers’ Retreat

Applications closed: Friday 6 August 2021, 5pm
Online retreat date: October TBA

Stowe’s Writers’ Retreats provide small groups of writers workshop content, structured social and recreation time, and the focus of the program is on three one-on-one script notes meetings with three different industry mentors top in the field.

This online retreat is ideally suited to writers who have advanced or complete screenplays.

This online retreat includes:

  • Three one-on-one, one-hour meetings with three different industry mentors to discuss your script, approach to project or career pathway
  • Daily structured one hour, small group, peer-to-peer meetings
  • Group workshop sessions on subjects vital to developing the craft and navigating the business of screenwriting
  • Time to reflect and write

PLEASE NOTE: Full program schedules and the industry mentors are yet to be announced. A partial list of mentors can be found on the Stowe Story Labs website.

Who can apply

A Queensland based individuals/teams individuals/teams can apply to attend the lab. 

 A team is a maximum of two practitioners, composed of a writer, or a writer with either another writer/director or producer.  

A director and producer can not apply. Applications without a Queensland based writer attached will not be considered.  

Full eligibility criteria is outlined in the online application form.  

How to apply

Applications are via the online form linked in the above button, which uses the Smartygrants platform.

 Applications will need to include the following:

  • Logline 
  • One paragraph synopsis  
  • Screenplay  
  • CVs for all key creatives  
  • Links to previous work.    

What are we looking for?  

  • We are looking for scripts in an advanced or complete phase.
  • Fresh ideas, concepts and good stories worth telling.
  • Writers and writing teams that are looking to further develop their project, their craft, their understanding of storytelling and with a strong desire to elevate their work.  
  • Availability to attend the online lab in October

Important documents to read before applying

You must read our Terms of Trade, QPE definition and our corporate and strategic plans before preparing your application. 

CLOSED: August Sidewalk Narrative Lab

Online, 25-28 August, 2021
Applications closed Thursday 6 May 2021, 5pm

Stowe’s 4-day intensive Narrative Story Lab is the cornerstone of Stowe Story Labs’ programming. It brings selected participants together with top industry mentors to workshop, collaborate, network, skill share, and demystify the international film and television industry.

Four Queensland teams have been selected for the 4-day intensive program, which will feature

  • Skill development and focus on story structure, character and theme; conversation about story; packaging; elements of creative production; casting; adaptation; and finance and distribution
  • Direct access to working industry professionals, top in their fields
  • Opportunities to build knowledge, skills and insights to navigate the film industry
  • A network of talented peers, vital in this collaborative art and business
  • workshop, roundtable and social time
  • A beautiful setting to develop their craft

Congratulations to the three recipient teams:


Ellen Shanley 
Argos (Crime drama series)
Jane and a taskforce of cybercrimes detectives must save innocent children by catfishing predators online in order to unmask a local ring of paedophiles that always seem to be two steps ahead.

Katherine Chediak Putnam and Dean W Law  
Your Time Has Come (Horror Feature)
A struggling family man is forced to sell his decaying childhood home after letting it sit vacant since the mysterious disappearance of his parents and sister twenty years ago. However, when the new owners tear the house down, he finds himself tormented by a spectre of the past.

Jordan Wilkinson (Writer / Director)
Rachel Maxine Anderson (Director)
Charlie Macfarlane (Producer) 

Talisman (Drama series)
Struggling with his own sexuality and identity, an ambitious young journalist named Gerald Mitchum travels to uncover the truth regarding a UFO crash in a rural Australian town where he reconnects with his ex-girlfriend (Clementine Jones) that challenges both of their memories and emotions.