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 Reel Sisters + BRIC Screenwriting Summer Lab

August 9-11, 2019


Location: BRIC, Media Lab, 647 Fulton Street

Sessions: 8/9/19, 8/10/19, 8/11/19.

Registration Fee: $225 (plus credit card processing fees).


Writers will work in groups and one-on-one with veteran writer/producer Valerie Woods, currently a co-executiveproducer/writer for Season 4’s Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay and airing on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Reel Sisters+ BRIC Screenwriting Summer Lab is a weekend lab designed to give independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on scripts for television, film and streaming platforms like OWN, Netflix and Amazon. Join a writers’ boot camp devoted to developing risk-taking narratives and creating scripts with richly layered female characters.

You will enjoy a weekend working in a supportive environment of professional producers, directors and screenwriters dedicated to helping you achieve your writing goals. Great opportunity for you to revise key elements of your feature length or short film script and work on a dynamic elevator pitch.

Eligibility + Application: Writers must submit a synopsis (1 page maximum) and short sample of the screenplay (10 pages maximum) they would they would like to develop during the summer intensive. At the end of the lab, several screenwriters will have an opportunity to showcase an excerpt of their work at a staged reading hosted by Reel Sisters and BRIC in the fall. Writing teams are welcome.

Registration Fee: $225. Lab slots limited so register in advance.  If you are not accepted, you will receive a $200 refund (the application fee is non-refundable).

The screenwriting lab is being presented by Reel Sisters, the first Oscar Qualifying Festival for shorts devoted to women filmmakers, and BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City.

BRIC presents and incubates new work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.

Reel Sisters will be held on October 19-20, 2019. For more information visit



Valerie C. Woods is a writer/producer in television and film. Valerie is currently Co-Executive Producer/Writer on Season 4 of the critically acclaimed television drama series Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay and airing on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  She has also been Adjunct Faculty for the Stephens College Low Residency MFA Television & Screenwriting program since 2015.

Recently, Valerie served as Creative Director for Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling. Valerie is one of four Syd Field Screenwriting Method Instructors trained by Mr. Field. She also wrote the screen adaptation of the novel Tempest Rising by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, with the production company of actor/director Phylicia Rashad.

Valerie’s venture – Staged/Lit – has produced a series of staged readings of scripts adapted from literary work. The first two readings were television pilots adapted from a memoir and a novel. The series is co-sponsored by The Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory and Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling organization.

Valerie is also the founder of the independent press, BooksEndependent LLC, whose mission is to publish (via ebooks and print) a maximum of 2-3 titles of new and established writers annually. The press now represents four authors and has published five titles, including Valerie’s girl detective novel, Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne. She is also the author of Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues), which is published by Samuel French, Inc.