SBIFF’s Stories Matter Program in partnership with and led by Leslie Zemeckis is now accepting applications for its spring session!

Learn to write about your untold story through a NEW SESSION of the FREE program Stories Matter, in which professional writers mentor underserved women who want/must/NEED to tell a story.

The program is led by best-selling author, actress, writer and award-winning documentarian – Leslie Zemeckis, and in partnership with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) and ENTITY Magazine. Stories Matter is a free program of professional female writers mentoring women ages 18-32 who want to better learn how to write a story in their voice.

This fifth session of the program will be an intensive of 1 1/2 – 2 hours meeting via zoom every Saturday morning in April (5 sessions) and will include the following:
• One on one mentoring
• Everyone will write an 800-word piece about “A Woman You Should Know.”
• At the end of these sessions, the stories that have been diligently worked on will be published in ENTITY Magazine. The woman you choose can be living, dead, historical or personal to you.

To apply, email:

For more program information, please visit:

The application deadline is September 22, 2023