Sun 11/1 @ 6pm - 9:30pm PT | Orientation & Logline Lecture
Hosted by Dorian Connelley | COO, Roadmap Writers
+Logline Clinic Hosted by Terra Joy | Director of Marketing, Roadmap Writers
Weds 11/4 @ 6:30pm - 9pm PT | Pitch Prep Webinar
Hosted by Chris Deckard | Manager, Fictional Entity
Sun 11/8 @ 6pm - 9:30pm PT | Written Pitch Lecture
Hosted by Dorian Connelley | COO, Roadmap Writers
Sun 11/15 @ 5pm - 7:30pm PT | Written Pitch Clinic
Hosted by Terra Joy | Director of Marketing, Roadmap Writers
Weds 11/18 @ 5pm - 7:30pm PT | Verbal Pitch Prep
Hosted by Alexandra Davies | Director of Education, Roadmap Writers
Sat 11/21 @ 11am - 1:30pm PT | Verbal Pitch Roundtable #1
Hosted by Dan Seco | Manager, Schemers Entertainment
Sun 11/22 @ 11am - 12:30pm PT | Branding Clinic
Hosted by Briana Hansen | Director of Writer Outreach, Roadmap Writers
Mon 11/30 @ 6pm - 8:30pm PT | Verbal Pitch Roundtable #2
Hosted by Stacey Smart Stanley | Film Finance Consultant, The Smart Stanley Group
The first step in our Career Writer Program is the Pitch Prep Program, where writers hone their written & verbal pitch, mold their brand, and get prepared to properly market their material!
So you're finally getting the hang of this writing thing. But when it comes time to pitch it, your amazing story is not coming through. Or worse, you freeze up and have no idea what to say - and you can't figure out why. Roadmap understands your frustration, which is why we've put together Pitch Prep LITE, revolving all around pitching and how to master your pitch!
Train with the Roadmap Team and working industry executives to refine your pitch and figure out what's breaking down in translation and how to build it up!
THIS MONTH YOU WILL...
Pitch Prep Webinar: Learn the fundamentals and hone in on the basic goals of pitching. Get tips on holding an exec's attention during your pitch. And you'll hear an example verbal pitch to get you off on the right foot!
Written Pitch Lecture: Learn the general structure of a written pitch including loglines, tonal comps, characters, synopses, & more!
Written Pitch Clinic: Your host will read & mark up your draft of your 2-pg pitch, including loglines, tonal comps, characters, synopses, & more! During the session, notes will be discussed with the group so all can learn from each other's pitches.
Branding Clinic: Hone in on what you, as a writer, deliver. Learn to see beyond genre and better understand how your own perspective seeps into every script you write and capitalize on that. Create an exciting and quickly digestible personal logline to better pitch yourself – and your scripts – to executives.
Verbal Pitch Prep: Learn the art of delivering your verbal pitch, including how to pitch conversationally (without reading!), how to efficiently incorporate all of the necessary elements of a pitch (tone, characters, plot), and how to make your pitch relatable and universal. Then, deliver your verbal pitch for practice and notes.
Verbal Pitch Roundtables: You'll take turns delivering your verbal pitch in a Roundtable setting and receive feedback from the exec on strengths and areas of improvement specific to your verbal pitch. Learn from notes on your own pitch and from notes given to your peers!
"I cannot get over how effective the lectures (and their content!) were. To see all of us improve SO much over a month - to feel 10 times more confident at the end of the month than I did at the beginning. Everything was purposeful and useful. I'd recommend to anyone!" - Ashley Glacel, Screenwriter
"Even if you have been raised by wolves, Dorian can show you how to get to the heart of your story and then package it professionally like a human writer. Her experienced insight and surgeon-like precision are pretty inspiring to watch in action. We've all become better writers because of her. And her energy and humor make the classes a delight." - Cath Gulick, Screenwriter
"What an amazing lesson that I can use forever. Thank you!" - Mika Frank, Screenwriter
"The Pitch Prep Program really worked. My previous written pitches got a big yawn but the latest feedback scores almost all excellent ratings. Thanks." - Greg Price, Screenwriter
"I was three for three on script requests this past weekend with my exec meetings. I attribute that success to the pitch prep. I really learned a lot during the past couple of months. Thank you so much!" - McKenzie Hamilton, Screenwriter
"I wanted to pass along a thank you to you guys. I had a good pitch today and at the end the exec asked me to send him a pitch document. Thanks to Dorian’s class in the pitch prep I felt I had a professional document to send and was able to get it right out to him. So, thanks guys!" - Marc Leighton, Screenwriter
"I have to say Pitch Prep went way beyond my wildest expectations! It was fabulous. The logline, written pitch, and verbal pitch skills I picked up were invaluable. Can't wait to see what's in store in the Marketing Intensive." - Laurie Miller, Screenwriter
"The Pitch Prep Program helped me see that there was an actual formula I could follow when pitching, and Dorian's feedback and support gave me the confidence to crush it when pitching. The opportunities to pitch in front of executives is invaluable, and I felt a huge improvement in my skills and confidence from the beginning of the program to the end."
- Monica Trausch, Screenwriter | Now in Top Tier!
"It's so easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to pitching, I know I did. But enrolling in the Roadmap Pitch Prep Program was invaluable. Not only did I learn how to pitch verbally, but what a written two-page pitch should look like and what executives want to read and hear in those precious short moments you have their attention. The biggest takeaway for me, however, was the boost to my confidence. Armed with all the knowledge and given the opportunity to practice, I don't feel like such a sweaty bumbling mess when I pitch, I even look forward to it!"
- Jaquie Brown, Screenwriter | Now signed to CAA!
"The Pitch Prep Program specifically helped me get my loglines and my written pitches in incredible shape. Dorian has the unique ability to ferret out even a single word that might be working against your pitch. Her suggestions, observations, and advice were truly excellent. I feel like I can 'go into battle' armed with pitches that have been honed by a professional. I absolutely recommend it."
- David Hal Chester, Screenwriter | DREAM KILLER (2019), FATAL FASHION (Netflix)
"The Pitch Prep Program is an excellent way to jump into the deep end, knowing that the lifeguards of Roadmap won’t let you drown. The Roadmap staff is extremely encouraging, the industry contacts are bona fide and real world in their feedback, and the participants are definitely a cut above. Well worth doing if you are seriously committed to upping your game and unlocking the magic of your work for those who don’t yet know it."
- Jerry Perez, Screenwriter
"I want to specifically recommend the Pitch Prep Program. It gave me the tools I needed to really stand out in the Intensive, not to mention how useful those tools are in real-life situations where I’ve had the opportunity to pitch. With so many possible paths to success, I really appreciate having the structure and expertise Roadmap Writers offers, and it really does feel like their team is in my corner."
- Monique Madrid, Screenwriter | Winner of Nov 2018 Diversity Initiative
"This month at Roadmap took me to a new level. I have to say that Dorian is a master wordsmith and that everyone should participate in the entire session for the Written Pitch Clinic. She helped me solve issues with my pitch that I couldn't even see from the inside."
- Corey May, Screenwriter | Currently in Step 3: Water Bottle Tour
"BIG SHOUT OUT to the Roadmap Team for the Pitch Prep Program - worth every penny, appreciate all the time given to me! This program truly gave me the tools to grow in confidence & skills to make my pitches shine. Now I find myself actually excited to pitch my projects thanks to this program and the mighty fine folks at Roadmap."
- Scott Carroll, Screenwriter
"What a fantastic class! Dorian is an extremely knowledgeable and engaging lecturer. This was a great start to what I know will be a valuable month."
- Gita Vatave, Screenwriter