WHAT IS THE SCREENWRITERS COLONY?
Screenwriters Colony is a non-profit residency program for four screenwriters, who live in a lovely, secluded farmhouse on Nantucket with all needs accommodated to provide the time and space for intensive writing and workshops with visiting industry mentors.
WHAT IS THE OCTOBER COLONY?
The October Colony is our flagship program for four feature film screenplay writers who live at Almanack Arts Colony on Nantucket for the entire month of October each year. On three weekends throughout the month we bring established industry mentors to the island to workshop scripts and share meals and outings with the writers.
WHAT IS THE EPISODIC COMEDY COLONY?
The Episodic Comedy Colony is a program organized in partnership with the Nantucket Film Festival for four writers of 30-minute scripted episodic comedy. Our 3rd annual program will run June 7-24, 2018. Writers work together with eminent industry professionals to develop their comedy pilot scripts, experience the writers’ room, and hone their craft.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND THE SCREENWRITERS COLONY?
All expenses are paid, including travel, shared use of a car, bicycles, and meals cooked by a private chef.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THE COLONY?
Please note that application is not an open process. Writers must first be nominated by a recognized industry professional in order to apply.
If you have not been nominated, but would like to apply and have the recommendation of a recognized industry member, please write to us with a short bio and contact info for the person nominating you.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
In order to be considered for the program, nominees must submit a screenplay and completed application form including a bio and personal statement.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO SUBMIT AN ALTERNATE WRITING SAMPLE FOR CONSIDERATION IF THE INTENDED FOCUS SCRIPT IS NOT YET COMPLETE?
Alternative writing samples are acceptable for the October Colony, but less desirable. See the guidelines below for more info on this. For the Episodic Comedy Colony, we require that applicants submit the pilot script they intend to work on during the program.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION TIMELINE?
For the OCTOBER COLONY, our annual call for nominations is generally announced at the beginning of April. We accept submissions on a rolling basis through the end of May. We actively work to make selections throughout the process so the earlier nominees submit applications, the better the chance of acceptance. All selections are finalized and announced in early August.
For the EPISODIC COMEDY COLONY, our call for nominations will begin in early February with a final deadline of March 2. As with the OCTOBER COLONY, selections are made on a rolling basis, so early submissions are recommended.
GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Emerging writers should be early enough in their career that the Colony will have a meaningful impact on their creative and professional growth, but not so early that they haven’t established the proven ability to build an audience. In other words, a writer who’s already had three features produced is probably too far along, while a writer who hasn’t yet established her/himself (with well-received festival work, legitimate representation, paid writing work, or the like) is probably not far along enough.
Writers must be able to spend the entire duration of the program on Nantucket. The seclusion and intimacy of participating in the full Colony program is vital to the experience.
The ideal submission script is a promising, disciplined first-draft that still needs a significant amount of work. This is tricky because most writers will want to apply with their most polished script. But what we’re most excited by are scripts that will benefit from the Colony’s gift of time and workshop sessions.
For the OCTOBER COLONY, applicants may submit a writing sample other than the script s/he intends to work on during the program. In this event, please clearly indicate that the sample being submitted is a finished piece of work, and include a log-line and short synopsis or treatment for the intended script. This is entirely acceptable, but again, our bias is towards scripts that are on their way and need help getting across the finish line.
For the EPISODIC COMEDY COLONY, we require that you submit the pilot script you intend to work on during the program. We prefer complete, promising drafts, but will accept unfinished scripts if it’s at least half written (more than 15 pages) and accompanied by a full detailed outline.
Adaptations are acceptable.
In the case of co-written projects, we can only consider one member of the writing team and will need clarification of the division of labor as part of the application.
Candidates need not be focused on a writing career to the exclusion of directing or other pursuits, but should demonstrate an unmistakable devotion to the process, craft and art of writing for the screen.
We don’t favor any genre or style of project over another. We’re open to both “mainstream” and “indie” projects. What matters to us is finding writers with unique voices, points of view, and the potential to contribute great stories to society. If the submitted project feels like something we’ve seen a hundred times before, whether from Hollywood or Park City, we’re unlikely to be enthused. We look forward to receiving and reading the stories for screen you are most passionate about telling!