Women In Film and Franklin Leonard’s The Black List said today they are launching the Women In Film/The Black List Episodic Lab, a television lab for female writers. The inaugural lab will run for eight weeks beginning in August, with eight women writers to be selected. The initiative will feature script development, workshopping sessions and master classes with established writers and industry execs. Participants will be hosted by the Black List website for free and have their pilots read by agencies and networks to be announced.

Black List 2015 WinnersScript submissions are being accepted starting today here or via the WIF website for members here.

“The dearth of roles for women both in front of and behind the camera has been widely chronicled,” said WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer. “As high-quality television programming grows more popular and prominent daily, so too does the need for women to have an inclusive voice, to be equally represented in the creative process.”

Added Leonard: “Though it’s noteworthy that the most recent WGAW Hollywood Writers Report heralded 2014 as a high-water mark for women’s employment in television, underrepresentation by a factor of two to one is still unconscionable. This lab hopes to support more women in their pursuit of creating and writing the television that will define our culture for generations to come. We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Women In Film to do so.”