Diversity Initiative

About the Screenwriting Diversity Tribute

The lack of diversity in Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national conversation for awhile now. At Roadmap, we want to do our part to help bring more diversity to the big screen (and the small!), and for us, that starts with the screenwriters.

That's why we are proud to sponsor the Roadmap Writers Diversity Tribute!

We launched this initiative in memory of Roadmap Writer Coletta Preacely-Garcia, who passed suddenly in 2016. Coletta was an extremely hardworking writer who was always working to better her craft, tirelessly writing, rewriting, and taking advantage of every opportunity presented to her to gain skills, make connections and improve her screenplays.

Each month, we will be selecting one diverse writer to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our Career Writer Program) for FREE. To apply for this tribute, please submit a one-page statement in PDF format highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.

The deadline for entries is on the 21st of each month.

Please email your submission in PDF format to dorian@roadmapwriters.com with "Coletta Preacely-Garcia Diversity Tribute" in the subject line.

September 2018 Recipient: Amy Wang

Amy Wang is a Chinese-Australian filmmaker who grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Her unique perspective often as an outsider fuels her passion for stories about social isolation and the human condition. Her first short “Blind Luck” received an honorable mention at the LA Film Festival and screened in numerous festivals around the world. Upon graduation, Amy worked as a promos producer, where she directed shoots for X Factor Australia, Criminal Minds, Downton Abbey, and How to Get Away with Murder.

Amy completed her Masters as a directing fellow at the American Film Institute where she was awarded a scholarship. She was selected to participate in the prestigious Ryan Murphy Half Foundation where she was mentored by Executive Producer/Director Bradley Buecker on American Horror Story S6. Her thesis film “Unnatural” was nominated for the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and won Gold at the Young Director Award at Cannes Lions 2018. Her latest short screenplay “Wa Wa” won Bluecat Screenplay Competition and is a finalist in the Shore Film Fund, Lexus/Sydney Film Festival Fellowship, Scriptapalooza and New Orleans Film Festival.

She is currently developing a limited series aimed at humanizing social pariahs and two features exploring two extremely flawed women.

Past Tribute Winners...

Jaclyn Chan

August 2018

James Moorer

July 2018

Harker Jones

June 2018

Felicia Felton

May 2018

Juan Francisco de la Guardia

April 2018

Brian O'Donnell

March 2018

Ziyad Saadi

February 2018

Larry Coleman

January 2018

Nicole Pouchet

December 2017

Alex Thomas

December 2017

Khalil Maskati

November 2017

Lisa & Gina Gomez

October 2017

Miyako Fuqua

September 2017

Michelle Hsu

August 2017

Kathleen Mitchell

July 2017

Kelvin Prather

July 2017

Ronald Owen

June 2017

Maria Winfield

May 2017

Jeffery Thompson

May 2017

Bernard Kenney

May 2017

Gina Merchan

April 2017

Chris Courtney Martin

March 2017

Everett Mason

March 2017

Gil Hizon

February 2017

Gayle Jackson

January 2017

Arthur Smith

December 2016

Celena Cipraiso

November 2016

Denise Coopersmith

October 2016

Michael Eric Ross

September 2016

Nicole Hill

September 2016