WIFSFBA members are taking their ideas from script to screen through our Script Incubator Program. The program began in April 2021 and was conceived of as a six-part lab, where members progress their work-in-progress scripts through steps from “critique” to “completion” to “polish.”
Incubator leader, Carol Lee Hall, designed the program based on her experience in various writing communities while writing her own feature script The Jeweled Bird, currently in development. Fellow board member Diane Walsh supports the group, bringing her extensive experience as a jurist for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, and as former director of the Writing for Television and Film program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The Script Incubator meets on Zoom every third Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. to discuss the groups’ work, which includes TV pilots, features, shorts, and web series. Participants send their pages to the group the week before, and members review and support each other during the meetings.
The goal of the program is for members to complete and revise scripts that will be self-produced or sent out to industry professionals to be made into motion pictures, television shows, or digital streaming media.
How to Join the Script Incubator
The Script Incubator has nine members and is open to inviting more. The only requirements to join the Script Incubator is that one must be a member of WIFSFBA and have a script-in-progress that can be submitted for discussion for the initial stage of the program: critique. Participants are expected to read others’ script portions of no more than 20 pages each before the meeting. We usually comment on 1-3 script portions at each meeting. “We support one another and cheer each other on to improve our work,” says Carol Lee Hall. Here is what some of our members have to say about their experiences being part of the group:
"I joined the Script Incubator because having writing groups is the best way to get feedback on rewriting and working on making a script better. It's been great to meet a group of local writers to provide insightful and valuable feedback." —Nil Unerdem Reidmiller
“The Script Incubator has really helped me to get out of my own head and see my stories through new eyes. There’s something rewarding and empowering about being vulnerable and having a community to share work with that elevates my relationship with writing. The Script Incubator has been a great opportunity to connect with lovely people who have similar passions. It has also provided me with a structured schedule and goals to work towards.”—Neha Kaul
“Participating in the incubator is a joy! Incubator is an important step for my work as a screenwriter because it brings my storytelling to life, it gets my words off the page by inviting others into the world I’m creating. Each time I share work, I can feel what resonates, what sticks and what to let go of, which is helping me grow as a writer.”—Anna Sophie Loewenberg
First Table Read for the Public
On November 11, 2021, Script Incubator members hosted a table read of short scripts or script portions developed in the program this year. This was a chance for WIFSFBA members, featured actors, the public, and Incubator writers themselves to see their words come to life. The event was held on Zoom, and can still be accessed here.
Pitch Panel Practice
On July 18, 2022, The Script Incubator hosted a pitch practice event and invited the public to participate. Thirty-one people registered to practice pitching their projects to a panel of four industry professionals. This event was preparation for a “real” pitch panel in which producers, agents, managers, and streaming services looking for new material or clients will hear pitches from screenwriters, directors or other filmmakers in January 2023. Stay tuned for more information about this event!
If you have any questions or would like to join the Incubator, please contact Carol Lee Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include Script Incubator in the subject line.
MORE PROGRAMS COMING SOON
We are always looking for excited members to work with us to develop and facilitate new programs. If you are interested, please reach out to us!