There has been a very thoughtful and extensive conversation going on over at the The Black Board (community of the Black List and Go Into The Story). It arose from this:
The Nicholl’s website reveals a startling stat: 1 in 4 of their applicants are women.
They’re referring to the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, of course, which is accepting submissions until May 1 (go now and enter your script!).
I like the conversation’s focus on both individual and systematic solutions: mentorship, men acting as allies, blind submissions, being active in an organization (like NYWIFT’s writers group) — even writing under a male pseudonym.
What do you think?