Rawi Screenwriters Lab

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Rawi Screenwriters Lab is an annual five-day screenplay development workshop aimed at independent Arab screenwriters working on their first or second narrative feature screenplays. Screenwriters joining the lab will be experience one-on-one mentoring sessions with internationally acclaimed screenwriters (Rawi’s Creative Advisors) from all over the world. The emphasis of the lab is to develop the writer’s individual voice as a storyteller. Advisors and fellows will engage in an in-depth dialogue about the craft of screenwriting and rewriting process, as well as the fellows’ individual visions for their stories. Over the past 16 years, the lab has supported 123 emerging screenwriters, with a number of Rawi’s Alumni successfully completing their films, which have toured regional and international film festivals receiving many awards.

Visit Rawi Success Stories for more information about completed projects by Rawi Alumni.

Learn about other participants by visiting the complete list of Rawi Fellows.

Each year, fellows and advisors work intensively for five days on their feature narrative screenplays. Each fellow will have several one-on-one story sessions with the lab's creative advisors. The advisors’ guidance ranges from improving the fellow's technique as a screenwriter, to life lessons and practical suggestions to be explored in their next draft. Emphasis is placed on each fellow's individual voice and story.

For more information about Rawi’s Creative Advisors over the years, visit the complete list.

An advisory committee of writers, established film critics, screenplay editors, script doctors, scholars and film professionals work with the Rawi Screenwriters Lab team throughout the selection process. They are referred to as “Creative Consultants”. The primary short listing is based on script merits: story, originality, characters, dialogue, structure, writing style, individual voices, the status of the screenplay and its suitability to benefit from the Lab. Where applicable, we look very closely at the directing work of the writer.

Learn more by visiting the list of Rawi’s Creative Consultants