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Identify. Nurture. Catalyze.

A nationwide skill-building initiative, Writers INK is India's first premier storytelling program that aims to identify, nurture and catalyze creative minds to write stories that can make us laugh, cry, reflect and act.

Our focus



Educate aspiring writers to apply storytelling techniques across genres and formats



Help writers write authentic stories with a lens on diversity, equality and inclusion



Empower writers with a clear and a structured pathway to a prolific writing career



Empower writers to tell stories that can spread awareness about social issues and inspire action

Feature Film Screenwriting Lab 2022-23 (Online)

30 participants

A cohort of 30 filmmakers/screenwriters who have a compelling story to tell

A 10-week Lab

An accelerated screenwriting program designed to help participants develop their scripts into a pitch-ready draft

Open pitch

An open pitch with industry professionals


A grant of Rs. 10 Lakhs for the best script

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Meet the faculty

Learn from a world-class faculty and speakers

Gabrielle Kelly

Executive Lab Director

Faculty at the AFI Conservatory, Fulbright scholar in Asian media, screenwriter, producer and global expert in screenplay Labs, a mentor at the Sundance Middle East Lab and a BAFTA member

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Cari Daly

Associate Lab Director

An alumna of the American Film Institute and Tisch NYU, faculty for screenwriting at AFI conservatory and the Native American Media Alliance, a screenwriter, producer, and development consultant, winner of the AFI - William J. Fadiman Screenwriting Award and the Academy Awards Nicholl Top 20 list

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Guest Speakers

Shonali Bose

Filmmaker - The Sky is Pink

Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker, Writer, producer

Mike Reiss

Showrunner, writer and producer - The Simpsons

Karen Tenkhoff

Film Producer - The Motorcycle Diaries

Apoorva Bakshi

Producer - Delhi Crime

Richie Mehta

Filmmaker and Writer - Delhi Crime

Jeo Baby

Filmmaker - The Great Indian Kitchen

Jomon Jacob

Film Producer - The Great Indian Kitchen

Wendy Calhoun

Writer & Executive Producer - Empire

Madonne Ashwin

Filmmaker Mandela

Lawrence Bowen


Toby Bruce

Executive producer and Development executive

Gazal Dhaliwal

Screenwriter - Mismatched

Sana Amanat

Executive Producer & Co-Creator - Ms. Marvel

Devdutt Pattanaik

Mythologist, Author, Speaker, Illustrator

Neeraj Ghaywan

Filmmaker - Masaan

Radhika Gopal

Senior Talent Manager at Tulsea

Pooja Kapadia

Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Tulsea

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The Writers INK Advantage


International faculty and a global curriculum


Industry networking and collaborative alumni


Scholarships, grants and career guidance

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Our Partners