Our Mission 

Screenwriters Colony supports talented emerging screenwriters by providing them with focused time and space to write in a nurturing environment with the camaraderie of fellow writers-in-residence and guidance from industry mentors.




Screenwriters Colony was founded in 2002 to provide a group of emerging screenwriters with focused time and dedicated space to develop their work, engage with peers, and receive guidance from industry professionals. Accommodating a single writer in its first year, the Colony has grown into an incubator of new talent recognized throughout the film community.

In feature films, alumni credits include IT (Chase Palmer ), BUSTER MAL’S HEART (Sarah Adina Smith), TEETH (Mitchell Lichtenstein ’02), IT FOLLOWS (David Robert Mithcell, '11), CAKE (Patrick Tobin ’14), TALLULAH (Sian Heder '08), THE KINGS OF SUMMER (Chris Galletta ’10), RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (Eva Vives ’09), COLD SOULS (Sophie Barthes ’06), SUNSHINE CLEANING (Megan Holley ’04). In television, our alumni’s credits include TRANSPARENT, GIRLS, THE AFFAIR, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, HOUSE OF CARDS, IN TREATMENT.

The Screenwriters Colony is a residency and mentorship program dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talent. Its purpose is to offer screenwriters in the early stage of their careers a place to work and live that encourages them to find their voices and push the boundaries of their craft under the guidance of established industry professionals.

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Each year since its founding, the Screenwriters Colony has proudly hosted the winner of The Nantucket Film Festival’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition winner as one of the four emerging writers-in-residence at our October program.

As partners in supporting the art of screenwriting, The Nantucket Film Festival and The Screenwriters Colony have collaborated for more than a decade to make Nantucket a home for screenwriters and screenwriting.


Screenwriters Colony Alumni who have won the NFF’s Tony Cox Feature Film Screenplay Competition:


Moon Molson — 2017 Winner for:  Johnny Ace

Sameh Zoabi  — 2016 Winner for: Tel Aviv on Fire

Kristen Dávila — 2015 Winner for: Counterintelligence

Clark Carroll — 2014 Winner for: Early Plus Infinity 

Patrick Tobin — 2013 Winner for: Cake

Stella Meghie — 2012 Winner for: Jean Of The Joneses

Kaitlin McLaughlin — 2011 Winner for: The Murphys

Tommy Butler — 2010 Winner for: Etopia

Jenny Deller — 2009 Winner for: Future Weather

Fred M. Strype — 2008 Winner for: Anna Down East

Marc Arneson — 2007 Winner for: Peck

Sophie Barthes — 2006 Winner for: Cold Souls

Will Luers — 2005 Winner for: Mink

Jennifer Maisel — 2004 Winner for: The Last Seder

Chase Palmer — 2003 Winner for: Buried Above Ground


Sarasota Film Festival

In 2015 Screenwriters Colony partnered with the Sarasota Film Festival to develop programming for episodic drama writing. Together we have hosted panels and workshops with our alumni and other notable writers including Frank Pugliese, Veena Sud, and Tatiana Suarez-Pico.



META inspires changes in human behavior through story, technology and design. Screenwriters Colony is excited to collaborate with META to create an immersive workshop focused on writing for Virtual Reality in summer 2016. We will bring together screenwriters, artists and creative technologists working in the vanguard of filmmaking and the rapidly evolving medium of Virtual Reality storytelling.






Nantucket is a special island 30 miles south of Cape Cod with a population of 10,000 year-round residents, 80 miles of sandy shoreline (all of it open to the public), and extensive bike trails criss-crossing the island. Close to 50 percent of the island is conservation land, offering vast areas for walking and hiking.


Deriving its name from the Wampanoag word meaning "faraway land", Nantucket is the historic whaling capital of America, and served as the setting for the literary classic Moby Dick. Boasting unparalleled natural beauty, iconic lighthouses and historic sites, a thriving arts community, and renowned food and dining scene, National Geographic names Nantucket number one on their list of top islands in the world.


Our home on Nantucket is the Almanack Arts Colony, a beautiful, secluded farm in Polpis at the center of the island set amidst conservation trails and cranberry bogs. AAC is a non-profit organization that shares the mission of Screenwriters Colony to provide emerging artists of great promise with the opportunity to live and work on the farm, and escape the pressures of the commercial world at the precise moment in their career when they can benefit most from the solitude, focused study, mentorship, and inspiration the Colony experience provides.