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Meryl Streep funds workshop for women screenwriters over 40

Meryl Streep is funding a new intensive workshop with the goal of getting more women involved with screenwriting and narrative films.

The Writers Lab is for women screenwriters over the age of 40, and will be run by IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. The creation of this screenplay development program was announced Sunday at a Tribeca Film Festival panel, and mentors include producer Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood) and writers Kristen Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You) and Jessica Bedinger (Bring it On). Interested parties can submit applications from May 1 to June 1, and eight winners will be named on August 1. The retreat will take place in upstate New York in September.