Every year during the month of October, four writers, selected from a pool of industry-nominated candidates, live and work together at picturesque Almanack Farm, perched on the edge of Nantucket’s cranberry bog conservation land. The Colonists are granted ample time to generate and refine their projects and share work amongst themselves. To ensure a comfortable and inspiring work environment they are provided with a chef, a Colony car, bicycles, workspace, Wi-Fi, a printer and unlimited movie rentals. Two industry Mentors are brought up each weekend throughout the month to workshop each of the writers’ screenplays. In addition to intensive one-on-one feedback sessions, writers and Mentors enjoy an informal and sociable Colony experience over dinners and other island outings. Mentors are drawn from screenwriters, directors, producers and creative executives from both the independent scene and Hollywood establishment. 

Recent mentors to attend the Colony include: Scott Z. Burns (writer CONTAGION, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY), Cary Fukunaga (director SIN NOMBRE, JANE EYRE), Patty Jenkins (writer/director MONSTER); Campbell Scott (actor/director/screenwriter SINGLES, BIG NIGHT, ROGER DODGER); Oren Moverman (writer/director RAMPART, THE MESSENGER); Michael Hoffman (director THE LAST STATION, RESTORATION, SOAPDISH); Robin Swicord (writer MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON); Whit Stillman (writer/director METROPOLITAN, BARCELONA); Jeb Brody (President of Production, Focus Features); Ali Bell (VP of Production, Montecito Pictures) and Stefanie Azpiazu (Producer, Likely Story).