New Works Lab

The 2016 New Works Lab reading of Ask for Jane – now a feature film!


The NYWIFT New Works Lab affinity group open to writers, actors and directors. The lab was formed to give the writers helpful critiques for their full length screenplays, plays, shorts and web series. Scenes are read during lab meetings. Directors will work with actors and writers to present a more polished reading.

Writers are welcome to bring in 10 pages of a film, play or web series. Remember to bring enough copies for the actors.

At the end of the season (October – July) several works are selected to present to an audience of industry professionals. The showcase is organized with the hopes of getting the work produced.

They have added shooting and producing shorts to the group.

You will be able to view the shorts that have been produced on this page – coming soon!

The group is led by NYWIFT members Desiree Rucker and Jaclyn Powell and meets 11 AM-2 PM on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month in the NYWIFT conference room.

Questions? Contact Desiree Rucker and Jaclyn Powell: (

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