top of page
backgroundimage2 copy.jpg

DEL SHORES FOUNDATION WRITERS FESTIVAL
ATLANTA, GA FEBRUARY 23-25, 2024

CLICK HERE FOR FULL 2024 FESTIVAL

information & individual event registration 

Our 2024 Del Shores Foundation Writers Festival is officially here! It will take place February 23-25 in Atlanta at our host theatre Out Front Theatre Company.

We have a full and fun weekend planned centered around the three stage readings of the winning short film, play and screenplay from our Writers Search, featuring Atlanta actors.

We also have a special "One-On-One with Jack Heifner" the prolific playwright and writer of Vanities, one of the longest running off-Broadway plays.  We also have a series of panels with industry professionals from theatre and film.

 

AND, we're doing a special screening of Del's film SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES featuring a Q&A with Del, Emerson and stars from the movie Dale Dickey, Bobbie Eakes & Ann Walker!

AND IT'S ALL FREE! All you have to do is register for each event you want to attend.

CHECK THE FULL SCHEDULE & REGISTER NOW
 

Main Graphic.png

"A SORDID CELEBRATION OF LIVES"

Watch the replay on YouTube below. 

MEET OUR 2023 WRITERS SEARCH WINNERS

backgroundimage2 copy.jpg
Timothy Jay Smith 2.jpg
William Mettlach HS.jpg
Lee Osorio HS.jpg

BEST PLAY

LEE OSORIO

"A Third Way"

BEST SCREENPLAY

TIMOTHY JAY SMITH

"Istanbul Crossing"

BEST SHORT/WEB SERIES

WILLIAM AVERY METTLACH

"Smoke Breaks"

WATCH DEL & EMERSON INTERVIEW THE WINNERS

READ ABOUT 2023 OUR WINNERS HERE
MEET OUR 2023 FINALISTS HERE
MEET OUR 2023 SEMIFINALISTS HERE
MEET OUR 2021 WINNERS HERE

Del new2.JPG

A BRAND NEW
ADVENTURE

WRITER. DIRECTOR. PRODUCER.

TEACHER. STANDUP COMEDIAN. MENTOR.

THE DEL SHORES FOUNDATION

FINDING AND FACILITATING SUCCESS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOUTHERN LGBTQ+ WRITERS

ABOUT US

Meet Del and our staff and board full of individuals with varied experiences coming together to build this foundation.

PARTNERS

Meet the film festivals and theatre companies that have come on board in our mission to create outlets for new work.

PROGRAMS

THE DEL SHORES FOUNDATION WRITERS SEARCH 2023 is winners have been announced!

our 2024 Writers Search will open in the fall.

DONATE

A little or a lot, every dollar helps us create more programs, prizes and grants to support  LGBTQ writers.

JOIN THE AMBASSADORS CIRCLE TODAY!

Del Shores has had an incredible career across theatre, film and television as a writer, director, producer, lecturer, teacher, coach and standup comedian.  His most explosive hit, Sordid Lives, was inspired by his own coming out journey to his southern family.  Since then, he has occupied a unique space as a gay southern writer, exploring and sharing the stories of people who often have not seen themselves reflected in the entertainment they consume.

In his success, Del realized that the hardest part is getting the opportunity, exposure and guidance it takes to open the first doors in the entertainment industry. The Del Shores Foundation realizes that the next generation of southern LGBTQ+ writers are out there, and we are creating programs that lead to real opportunities for those living in the South, just starting out.

ColorizeLogo copy.jpg
bottom of page