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Learn the core skills of screenwriting and build your story into a solid ready-to-pitch screenplay draft.


Storytelling structure

Absorb, understand and execute the fundamentals of the universal three-act structure and how they work in all genres.



Develop the central premise or theme of your film to unify story, characters and plot into an impactful whole.


World building

Learn and deploy world-building techniques to create original and evocative settings for your characters.


Character building

Study and workshop the creation of three-dimensional, authentic characters with layered emotions, conflicts and complete character arcs.


Dialogue writing and formatting

Known as the - ‘lifeblood of the screenplay” dialogue is a crucial part of character development, giving each character a unique voice. Professional formatting and accepted global industry standards all affect the presentation of your script - make sure you get them right!


Conflict and resolution

Discover how to keep your audience engaged by setting up and paying off twists, and developing plot and sub plots that deepen your story. Enhance dramatic conflict and learn how to use tension and timing in your story to propel your protagonist towards a great ending.



Writing is re-writing. Learn key re-writing techniques that will continue to advance your screenplay, moving forward from the Lab.


Giving and Getting Feedback

Practice this essential collaboration skill for script development with your peers, advisors and teachers.



Learn how to join the active and educated global community of screenwriting alumni and industry professionals



Know how to convey your story through a well presented written pitch, through impactful loglines and synopses and also by moving your audience’s attention towards a concise, original and well presented verbal pitch.

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You should apply to this Lab if you want to build a solid and practical foundation of Screenwriting and take practical inputs from international faculty to get a global perspective.


Only Indian citizens above 18+ years of age can apply. Indian citizens residing outside of India are also eligible to apply.


This is an IDEA to First Draft Lab; hence you should apply with a feature film project that is early stages of development


Number of participants

30 upcoming filmmaker-writers will be chosen for the Lab


Lab schedule

  • The Lab will be conducted in 12 weeks between Oct 2023 - Jan 24, ending with a Pitchfest in March 2024.
  • There will be classes once-a-week and guest sessions as per their availability. Please note guest sessions of the Lab are spread out over the course of the Lab and there can be last minute cancellations due to guest schedules
  • Candidates will also be given homework, reading, viewing materials, so please expect to dedicate 14-15 hours a week.
  • The exact Class schedule will be provided in the orientation classes. Please expect early morning or late evening classes since the faculty will be teaching from the US and there will be a timezone overlap.

Learning & development

The Lab will include academic sessions by the faculty and industry guests focused on the fundamentals of screenwriting, networking and pitching. The participants will go through these sessions while developing their feature film scripts.



  • 30 participants will develop one of their Feature Film ideas into a First-draft Screenplay and will receive one-on-one feedback from the faculty
  • Upto 10 participants out of the 30 will be selected for the Pitchfest
  • One final winner will be chosen to get a prize of Rs. 10 lakhs for Screenwriting Excellence
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Key Timelines

31st Aug 2023

Early Deadline

22nd Sep 2023

Final Deadline

Application Fee*

Rs. 3,000 (By Early Deadline)

Rs. 4,500 (By Final Deadline)

Lab Participation Fee*

Rs. 55,000

Only for final participants Scholarships Available EMI Available

*Taxes extra. All fee are one-time and non-refundable

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Meet the Faculty

Gabrielle Kelly

Executive Lab Director

Terrie Samundra

Lab Instructor

Mian Adnan Ahmad

Lab Instructor

Aviv Rubinstien

Lab Instructor

Meet the Speakers

Apoorva Bakshi

Producer - Delhi Crime

Gazal Dhaliwal

Screenwriter - Mismatched

Radhika Gopal


Dhruv Sehgal

Writer, Actor, Filmmaker

Vikramaditya Motwane

Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Jyoti Nisha

Writer, Screenwriter and Filmmaker

Amit Masurkar

Director, Sherni, Newton and Sulemani Keeda

Jay Duplass

Filmmaker, Actor, Writer


Lab structure and key deadlines


How many participants will be accepted into the Lab?

We are only accepting up to 30 participants.


What will be the medium of instruction in the Lab?

The medium of instruction will be English.


How will this Lab be conducted? Is it online or offline?

This Lab will be conducted online over a period of 12 weeks between October 2023 to March 2024. We will organize 1-2 sessions per week and each session will be conducted for not more than 2-3 hours each. There will be academic sessions and guest speaker sessions along with a few one-on-one mentor sessions. The exact dates and timings of the Lab schedule will be emailed to you closer to the start of the Lab.


Who is this Lab for?

You should apply to the Lab if you’re looking to:

  • Build a solid foundation of Screenwriting
  • Learn the tools and techniques from a global faculty
  • Learn from the experiences of industry
  • Develop an Idea into a First-Draft screenplay
  • Get an opportunity to improve your pitching skills
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Belong to a community of writers/filmmakers, who can help you in professional journey
  • Receive career guidance

What type of projects are you looking for?

The Lab is open to all kinds of narrative fiction full-length feature film projects across genres and languages. We are not accepting documentary or short films for this Lab.


What are the submission deadlines?

- Early bird deadline - August 31, 2023
- Final deadline - Sep 22, 2023


When will the final participants be announced?

We will announce the finalists by Oct 10th, 2023.


What are the Lab dates?

The Lab will be conducted between Oct 2023 to March 2024. The exact schedule will be provided to the selected participants.


What would be the Lab timings?

While we will share the exact dates and timings with the selected participants, the Lab sessions will either be conducted early mornings or in the evenings.


What is the time commitment required for the Lab?

With 1-2 class and guest sessions, pre-work and writing your script, you should expect to dedicate 14 hours per week to the Lab.


What are the online technical requirements at my end?

You will need a good internet connection and the Zoom website and mobile app plus the ability to read and view assignments online. If you don’t know how to operate Zoom, an assistant from our team will take you through it.


Will there be a pitching event?

The pitchfest will be conducted online only for the top 10 shortlisted participants.


How will I get to pitch my script?

If you are selected in the top 10, you will be required to shoot a 2-min video pitch for the industry pitching session that will take place at the end of the Lab, sometime in March 2024 (exact dates will be provided towards the end of Lab). This video pitch will be played during the pitch event.

We will take you through sessions on how to make a good video pitch, to ensure that you make a good pitch video. You are required to arrange your own shooting and video recording equipment to shoot the pitch video.

Please note Writers INK reserves the right to cancel your Pitch showcase if it does not meet the presentation quality that it requires.


Who will be attending the pitch event?

We will be inviting programmers, studios, producers, talent managers and other industry professionals for the pitchfest.


Will I get to attend the pitching event even if I don't get selected to pitch?

Yes, everyone will get to attend the pitchfest, in fact we highly encourage it.


Will I get to connect with the industry professionals during the pitchfest?

Since this will be an online event, there won’t be any networking. But you will be provided contacts of the attendees, so that you can connect with them after the pitch. The attendees will also be provided a catalog of all the participating projects with the contact details of the participants, so that they can directly reach out to the participants. We will also help facilitate connections in case an industry professional reaches out to us and shows interest in any of the screenwriters.


I have a co-writer with me. Can we both apply?

Ideally we will only take one of the writers. However, in case we have space in the Lab, we can keep the co-writer in the waitlist. Please note the Lab participation fee of Rs. 55,000/- will be charged per participant.


Will the Lab be recorded and will the recording be available to me?

The Lab recordings will be available to the participants for a period of 6 months after the end of the Lab


I may be travelling on some dates of the Lab, can I skip the sessions?

You will be provided the recordings of the sessions in case you cannot attend one. But we strongly recommend that to get the full benefit of the Lab, you should attend the live sessions, as they are going to be interactive and avoid skipping the sessions unless there is an emergency.


What if my script is not ready to pitch by the end of the Lab?

You can choose to opt out of pitching. But we highly recommend you attend the Pitch event to hear the pitches of your fellow participants.

Eligibility and submission requirements


What is the eligibility criteria?

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • If you are an Indian citizen and above 18 years of age; you can be residing anywhere in the world
  • If you are working in the early stages of development of a feature film idea

I am residing outside India, am I eligible?

As long you have an Indian citizenship, you are eligible to apply


I don’t have a script, what should I do?

You do not need a completed script to apply to this Lab. Please see the form to see what documents are required for application


I have finished writing my script, can I still apply?

No. This is a IDEA - to - First Draft Lab and not a Script Rewriting program.


Should my script be registered with an organization?

We highly recommend that you register your script with the Screenwriters Association but it is not a requirement at the time of application. Script registration will be mandatory at the time of the Pitchfest.


What documents do I have to submit?


In what language should I be submitting the documents?

The script must be submitted in English language but the film can be in any Indian language


Is this Lab only for Hindi-language scripts?

The Lab is open to all the languages of India. The script, however, must be submitted in English.


What will be the language of instruction in the Lab?

The Lab will be conducted in English.


What type of projects are you looking for?

The Lab is open to all kinds of projects across genres and languages.


I have two scripts I am working on. Can I submit both?

No, you have to apply with only one script.


If I don’t get selected this time, will I be eligible to apply next time?

Absolutely, you can apply for the next Lab.


My project is already a part of another Lab. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply, as long as the dates of the Labs won’t clash, because you will be expected to devote time to both the Labs.

Submitting the form


How should I apply?

You can apply for the Lab by filling this form.


What documents do I have to submit?


Will I be able to save the form and come back to it later?

No, unfortunately you won’t be able to do that. So you have to fill the form in one go. Hence we suggest that you go through the questions of the sections and keep the answers ready so that you can submit all the information at one attempt.


Can I edit the information after I have submitted it?

No, you won’t be able to edit the information after you have submitted the form.


I need help with the form, who should I contact?

Please email us your questions at writersink@inktalks.com


I am unable to upload documents? Please help.

Please ensure that you don’t upload more than 1 MB per document and try again. If you are still facing problems, email us the screenshot of the problem you are facing at writersink@inktalks.com


Can I upload the full script?

No, please make sure you don’t upload the full script. Only participants in the early stages of development of their ideas, looking to achieve a good first-draft of their script, are eligible to apply.

Fee & Payments


Is the application fee refundable?

The application fee is a one-time, non refundable fee.


When do I have to pay the Lab participation fee?

The Lab participation fee of Rs. 55,000 has to paid only by the selected participants. The payment will have to be made within 48 hours of the finalist announcements. We will get in touch with the finalists to explain the payment process of the Lab participation fee.


Is the Lab participation fee refundable?

No, once paid, the Lab participation fee is non-refundable.


What modes of payments are acceptable? Can I pay in EMIs?

We only accept online payments, via netbanking, debit card and credit card. Yes, you can pay in 4 equal installments.


Are there scholarships available?

Yes, limited scholarships are available. Please select the scholarships option in the form and we will reach out to you.


What is the process of applying for the scholarships?

Please select the scholarships option in the form and we will reach out to you. We will then conduct an interview and/or require a written application for the same.


I submitted the form but could not complete the payment step. What should I do?

Please email us at writersink@inktalks.com and let us know the issue you faced during the payment stage.


The payment has been deducted from my account, but I didn’t receive a confirmation. What should I do?

Please email us at writersink@inktalks.com and we will check our records.


What modes of payments are acceptable?

We only accept online payments, via netbanking, debit card and credit card.

Important Disclaimers

  • Writers INK runs an academic-focused screenwriting program to help writers learn and understand the fundamental tools and techniques of screenwriting. Writers INK focuses on helping writers achieve a good first-draft of their screenplays to help them create a good portfolio and a writing sample to showcase their skill level to producers and other industry professionals. Most projects will continue to have a development journey even after this Lab at other Script development and mentorship Labs.
  • The Pitchfest organized by Writers INK helps simulate a real-world pitching and networking experience for upcoming writers and will give them a good exposure to the industry. But it should not be considered as Film Production Market, where projects will find producers because the projects will be at a nascent first-draft stage.
  • Guest sessions of the Lab are spread out over the course of the Lab and there can be last minute cancellations due to guest schedules.
  • The Writers INK Pitchfest has been attended by over 50 producers, however, we cannot guarantee this amount of attendance.
  • You will be asked to sign an Undertaking Statement before you submit the form. Please click on the statement and read it clearly.
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