MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury College Film and Media Culture Department and Stowe Story Labs are pleased to announce a partnership to provide a current Middlebury College student or recent graduate with a fellowship to the Stowe Story Labs held at the Helen Day Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont. The story labs will take place September 10 – 13, 2016.

The fellowship will be granted to a student or recent graduate who demonstrates talent as a writer and presents a good story worth telling. The fellowship includes the 4-day workshop, lodging, and meals. The Middlebury Fellow will be announced by August 15.

“Stowe Story Labs is designed exactly with this writer in mind,” said David Rocchio, founder and president of the Labs. “We are looking for talented people with the commitment and emotional intelligence to thrive in this complicated industry. At our labs and retreats we work with writers to make sure they develop the skills and relationships necessary to get work made and seen,” he said.

Stowe Story Labs is a non-profit dedicated to helping emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers hone their craft and get work made and seen. The Labs bring participants together with seasoned industry professionals to focus on story structure and development, pitching and packaging, creative production and film sales and distribution. Lab participants come from around the world and are chosen for the program through a competitive application process. The event in September will be the fourth annual September Lab.

Industry mentors include Academy Award Nominated Producer Amy Hobby, who produced such films as Secretary and the Academy Award Nominated documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?”; renowned casting director Ellen Parks, who cast such films as Sideways; and Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter David Magee, who penned Finding Neverland and Life of Pi.

“Middlebury Film and Media Culture is excited to enter into this relationship with Stowe Story Labs and to be able to offer this excellent opportunity to one of our students or recent graduates,” said Ioana Uricaru, Barksdale Jr. Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture.

In addition to workshops, ‘in-conversation’ interviews with industry pros, lectures and time to work and reflect, there are evening film screenings, panel discussions, and informal socialization and networking time.

Current Middlebury College students and recent Middlebury College graduates can apply for the fellowship here.

Use MiddSSL16 for a 15% application fee discount during checkout.

The Stowe Story Labs application process is open to any screenwriter, filmmaker or creative producer. General applicants can apply here.”

Stowe Story Labs is a non-profit community with the aim to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen. For more information about Stowe Story Labs please visit or email