for womxn who want to write their damn script already (and know what to do with it)
It's time for more womxn's stories in the entertainment industry.
Not the kind written by mediocre white men, the ones written by womxn. The ones written by YOU.
There is no lack of talented women who create content. There is a lack of access, support, and mentorship. It’s time for that to change.
The Creator Lab is the place for women to write kick ass scripts, get mentorship from industry professionals, and make shit happen in their career.
If you are ready to write your damn script already (and know what to do with it), the Creator Lab is for you.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN YOU JOIN THE LAB
The Creator Lab is an online membership program founded by Sundance award-winning actress and career coach Emily Grace, and featuring TV Writer Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (Queen of the South, The Arrangement).
Emily is here to give you support, structure and accountability to keep your career moving forward.
Olivia will give you graduate-level writing tools to craft a powerful story that you can confidently bring out into the world.
Once your screenplay is ready for the next step, you’ll learn tools on how to self-produce, navigate the festival circuit, land a literary agent or manager, connect with production companies, and how to prepare for the pitch process.
Along the way we’ll bring in working Industry Professionals for master classes, q+a sessions and interviews so that you get insider knowledge of the industry from the horse’s mouth.
PLUS THESE AWESOME BONUSES
2 Monthly Work Sprints
One of the biggest challenges to writing your script, or consistent career momentum, is finding time to take action. That’s why we’ll meet as a group online every other week to make time for your biggest goals. This week it may be a rewrite, next week it’s reaching out to your producer connections, whatever needs to get done on your to do list, we’ve got you covered.
Monthly Coaching Call With Olivia
Each month Olivia will host a call where you have the opportunity to ask questions and work through your writer's block. Getting this kind of support from a working tv writer is invaluable.
Monthly Hot Seat Coaching Call With Emily
You'll have the opportunity to volunteer for a deep dive, laser focused coaching session directly with Emily. These sessions are designed to bring you the clarity you need to take massive action in your career. One of Emily’s specialties is breaking a big goal down into tangible next steps so that you can keep the ball rolling and stay out of overwhelm.
We have bonus trainings throughout the year to focus on specialized skills that will help you move the needle on your project and stay on track.
We screen films to discuss them as a group so you can see master the writing tools you're learning. Plus we have occasional industry guests to give you the inside scoop on different aspects of the business.
Past guests have include: Writer/Director Sara Zandieh (Good Girls, A Simple Wedding), Actress/Filmmaker Lynn Chen (I Will Make Your Mine), TV Writer J Holtham (Jessica Jones, Super Girl) and writer/director Jordan Roberts (Burn Your Maps, starring Vera Farmiga, Oscar-winning Animated Feature Big Hero Six).
During these sessions you will be paired with a small group of your peers to test your script. You'll see what works and what needs work, as well as build the muscle of giving and receiving feedback.
You'll have the opportunity for a staged reading of your completed draft in front of an audience of your peers.
Are We A Match?
The Creator Lab is not a good fit for everyone. It works best for a particular kind of womxn with these qualities…
✔ You are a womxn and want to join a community of awesome and supportive people
✔ You know how special it is to have this kind of support from working professionals who know what they're talking about and actually want to help you succeed
✔ You are an actress who makes her own content (or you’re ready to start)
✔ You have an idea you’ve been thinking about forever and you’re ready to write it already
✔ You are new to storytelling and want the tools to know what you’re doing and kick ass
✔ OR You are an experienced writer who wants an environment of structure, mentorship and accountability to finish your current project or start your next one
✔ You intend to produce your own content (and act in it), and want guidance on how to make that happen
✔ You intend to pitch and sell your project to someone else and want to learn how to do that (with or without representation)
✔ You plan to go on the festival circuit with your finished project and want to maximize that opportunity once you’re there
✔ You want support to keep the rest of your career plates spinning
✔ You have a great sense of humor and like hanging out with other people who are up to big things too
✔ You believe in anti-racism, diversity, inclusion and equity know that building relationships is a crucial part of your success plan
✔ You want candid, direct feedback
GET SH*T DONE WORKSHOP
June 12, 11am - 4pm PST
In this one day intensive you’ll get clarity on your big goals for the year, break them down into tangible next steps, so you can make that happen the fastest way possible.
That way you can move forward on the things that are aligned with your big vision, and stop wasting time on the things that don’t.
If you are committed to finally finish your script already (and know what to do with it), we can help you make that happen.
This workshop is only available to current members of The Creator Lab.
What happens after you join?
This program is designed with your success in mind. Each step builds on the one that came before. Follow the steps in order for a the fastest route to where you want to go.
When you join, you'll receive a welcome email with your next steps, and get instant access to our exclusive facebook group.
Your membership begins with Writing 101. You’ll learn graduate level writing tools from Olivia that will get you moving on your idea. It’s imperative that you lay a strong foundation for your script. Nothing else we teach you will help your project if the script is bad.
Once 101 is completed, you'll have a fully workshopped short script and you can move into...
Writing 201, where you'll learn how to Craft A Compelling Pitch and develop a full length project. You'll also have the option to move into self production of your short piece at this point.
At the end of Writing 201 you’ll have a fully workshopped feature film or tv pilot.
Once your full length project is done, you'll learn A Roadmap To Get In The Pitch Room, so you can get your foot in the door and Get Your Project Made.
Whether you want to move into self production or pitch and sell your work, you'll learn how to do both so you can decide what's best for your project.
It is required that you spend a minimum of 60 days in Writing 101, and 60 days in Writing 201. This path has been designed with your success in mind.
What womxn say about working with us...
After years of dabbling with writing, I have notebooks filled with story ideas, plot outlines, scene breakdowns, character descriptions, bits of dialogue, and even one almost finished rough draft, but not one completed project! I needed guidance and accountability - someone to show me what to do and then to kick my ass until I did it!
I've learned that if I want results, I HAVE to put in the work. This program put the "work" into small, manageable steps that made it much easier not only to get started, but also to keep going!
I don't feel stuck anymore. I'm not running (or even walking) yet, but I'm moving forward, I'm growing in knowledge and confidence, and I'm excited about writing.
Think of the Creator Lab as Pilates for the Artist's soul - it requires effort, but you'll be a stronger, better, more disciplined writer by the end of it. If you thrive on creativity, but need some help with your follow through... this is the place for you!
- Patty Kiernan
“I sort of stumbled into writing after being in the industry as an actor. I was writing the remake of a film with a writing partner and realized that I was faking much more than I should be. I felt out of control in terms of formatting and structure and was aware there was plenty that I, '...didn't know I didn't know.'
Olivia laid the groundwork for me to turn an idea into a living piece with a tone, logline, character and season arcs.
I have sold two screenplays, consistently write and produce for a podcast and have been pitching a pilot to production companies."
“I have been trying to articulate the emotion of this project, and assumed people would know what I meant without having to say it.
Emily's Power Player Retreat helped me realize that I can be direct and bold in my language, and that the thing I was afraid to say out-loud is actually the thing that grabs the listener."
“Before working with Emily, I wasted a lot of time and energy throwing spaghetti at the wall, hoping something would stick.
Power Club has helped me get super specific with the decisions I make. I've learnt how to construct succinct and meaningful emails to industry contacts, consistent goal setting and action taking, and have gained more confidence in asking for help and stating my needs. By practicing these actions I have gotten clarity on the story premise for my web series and decided to turn it into a TV pilot.
Feeling like I had to create the greatest and most impactful story on my own is overwhelming and makes for bland content. Getting my ideas out of my head and into the arena consistently and amongst supportive, smart people is more productive and more enjoyable.”
“Before I worked with Emily I was feeling lost. I wanted to be more confident in my outreach and acting business stuff but I also wanted to write.
Through this program I have realized that I really do have it within me. It’s just overcoming the fear and getting some great advice! I really believe that I am an actress and writer. That I have what it takes. I’m asking for help when I need it. Getting good people around me to support me.
I have outlined the first series for a new comedy TV show. I have got much more creative in the outreach emails I’m writing. I have a newfound confidence and new friendships.
If you are feeling stuck. If you want to move forward. If you’re fed up with feeling like nothing is changing but you have this creative need within you … DO THIS PROGRAM!”
“The biggest issue I’ve been having is being able to talk about my project with confidence. Listening to the other women during their Hot Seats, I started to wonder, 'Why would someone listen to what I have to say?'
During the workshop, I learned how that kind of vulnerability in my pitch will make it even stronger.
Before this, I was struggling to understand why I’m so passionate about this project, but now that I see the parallels it makes a lot of sense!
And Emily helped me see how I can communicate the heart of my story by sharing a bit of myself.
Emily created a very safe space to share.”
"Before taking classes with Olivia I had never written a script longer than 15 pages, so it feels really good to be almost done with my first feature!
Olivia creates such a supportive and fun community that I am so grateful to be a part of."
ABOUT EMILY GRACE
In addition to coaching my clients to create success on their own terms, I’m also a Sundance award-winning actress, a writer, director, producer, wife and dog mom. I know what it’s like to wear many hats, be full of ambition, super busy yet still feel like I’m not making progress in any areas of my life.
In fact, I have a tv pilot I’ve been meaning to get around to for about 10 years now. Every time I sat down to write, I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I’d start then stop, hate everything, delete, take a break, then start up again a few months later. This cycle went on for years until I finally realized, even though I understand storytelling from the actor’s point of view, I didn’t truly understand how to write a screenplay.
That’s when I found a class taught by Olivia. And everything changed. Now I’m halfway through the second draft of my tv pilot, and what’s even better is I love the script! I love the characters, I crack myself up all the time, and I have confidence that the script is good.
But even with that said, one of the things I struggled with in class was finding time to write. Being consistent. Not making everything else in my life come to a halt to focus on this script.
I made a ton of progress, but it was still a struggle. And as a coach, many of my actress/creator clients were struggling with the same thing.
That is exactly why I created this program. Because writing structure is paramount to finishing your script (and having confidence in your work). But you also need to build consistent habits to stay in the flow of action with your writing, and the rest of your career goals. To be in an environment of other ambitious women who are up to big things who can cheer you on. To have structure and support to keep you accountable and on the hook. And the tools you need to truly make shit happen in your career.
I can't wait to work with you!
ABOUT OLIVIA CUARTERO-BRIGGS
Olivia is a mom, a teacher, and an award-winning writer with a masters from Tisch School of the Arts. When she's not in the TV writers room, she's developing new shows, banging out comic books, and hanging with her two young daughters. Recent credits include Queen of the South on USA, The Arrangement on E!, Mary Shelley Monster Hunter series for Aftershock Comics, and a soon-to-be-released ongoing series called That Summer for the Meet Cute Podcast.
"I've been an arts educator for most of my adult life, and always knew, no matter where my career took me, giving back to my community would always be a part of it. Dramatic writing, particularly in television,
has a long, rich history of mentorship, and one that has been instrumental to every success I've had. The problem is, getting to the point where a professional, industry mentor can be of use to a new writer is a journey.
I learned this the hard way, spinning my wheels for half a decade in Hollywood, before ultimately going to NYU Tisch for graduate school. And grad school is great. Much greater if, unlike me, you have thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket.
My goal is to help folks who want to write get the tools I received, and benefit from the experiences I've had and will continue to have, in my career as a dramatic writer, without owing over two hundred grand to the federal government. If that sounds awesome, and you're ready to put in the work, I can't wait to meet you, help you on your journey, and have you become a part of mine as well."