3 Female Screenwriters to Watch, According to Maggie Gyllenhaal


Celeste Sloman

It's been almost 90 years since Virginia Woolf penned A Room of One's Own, but to actress and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal, her words still ring true. "What struck me is her [work] about how difficult it is as a woman writer to express your whole and entire self," she told a small group of journalists at the Algonquin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. "I think what Virginia Woolf is challenging writers to do in her book is find space," she says, referring to both physical space to channel creativity and mental space to be yourself. 

That's exactly what Gyllenhaal hopes to do as Independent Film Advisor to the Indie Film Project, an initiative by Autograph Collection Hotels that spotlights and celebrates women in film. As part of the project, Gyllenhaal handpicked three talented female screenwriters to receive a room of their own: one week at any Autograph Collection hotel in the world to polish an existing script or develop new material. By doing so, she hopes to encourage new voices in the industry. "We are at a moment, culturally, when people are hungry for stories that are emotionally true, rooted in diversity; and reflective of different voices," she says. "I'm proud to support emerging female screenwriters in independent film, which has always been a place you can tell stories in an honest and authentic way."

Make a mental note: These three talented screenwriters are women to watch. 

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