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CRAFT presents The Writers Retreat!


The CRAFT Institute presents “The Writers Retreat.” An in-person 3-day residency in picturesque Martha’s Vineyard. We will provide Four (4) Black screenwriters with the resources and tools to workshop your Feature Script or TV Pilot in a safe, supportive environment. All genres welcome. All expenses covered by The CRAFT Institute.

The retreat includes 1:1 mentorship, seminars, writing shares and opportunities for connection building that are sustained beyond the 3 days. 


Date: September 20 - 22, 2024

Location: Black Ivy Cottage, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard

Application Window: Sunday, May 5th - Sunday, May 26th 

About The CRAFT Institute: The CRAFT Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to curating culturally inclusive ecosystems throughout the world of arts and entertainment by transforming formal training and industry practices while promoting equitable access. Through curriculum and pedagogy, creative content development and production, networking opportunities and events, CRAFT’s consultation, coaching, workshops and clearinghouse of resources amplify the work of the people of the global majority and culturally specific institutions.


About Create Ensemble:  Create Ensemble is an incubator that provides a learning and talent development infrastructure for creatives of color. It encourages cross pollination through collaboration across various creative spaces and cultural backgrounds. Through seed funding and community support, Create Ensemble fosters a thriving ecosystem for the emergence and growth of new and existing talent, stories, and perspectives.


Application Instructions

The submission window opens on April 21st, 2024 12:00pm ET and ends on May 12th, 2024 at 11:59pm ET, or until 250 applications are received. As we are only accepting 250 applicants, we encourage submitting early.


Application Cost: $30.


Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Black, African or African Diasporic Screenwriter

  • 21 years or older

  • Applying as an individual writer

  • Open to international and US Participants

  • Support of CRAFT Mission to curate culturally inclusive ecosystems throughout the world or art and entertainment.


Applicants will be expected to prepare and share the following:

  • Application Information: What would you like to work on during The Writer's Retreat? Title, logline, synopsis, overview, first 10 pages of script.

  • Personal Statement: What is your personal connection to the material?

  • Community Connection: Do you have any personal connection to the unique communities featured in your story?

  • Thematic Statement: What is the theme of your script?

  • Where in your life do you mentor? 


*Please note there is a maximum entry limit of 250 screenplays for 2024. The application will close to submissions once the maximum number of entries are received or the final deadline is reached--whichever occurs first.


Those selected to continue to the next round will be notified by June 30th, 2024, and will be asked to submit a full script draft. An interview will be conducted for finalists during the first week of August 2024. 


Please email Emily Goes (egoes@thecraftinstitute.org) regarding any questions. If there are technical difficulties with the application, please contact contact@createensemble.com. We will be readily available to support any questions or concerns you have. 




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