Diversity Initiative Competition

October Winner!


Tarik Woodbine

Tarik Woodbine

Tarik Woodbine is a dramedy writer from a loud and large Caribbean family (read: he had no personal space). After attending University of Miami, he relocated (read: saved himself) from Florida to Los Angeles where he began writing sketches and short films for YouTube platforms. During that time, he also worked as a writer’s assistant for GLOW and Netflix’s Incubator Lab. He’s drawn to telling the diverse and personal stories of POC characters who are into counter-culture: skaters, otakus, emo kids…all of it. He has been known to “jokingly” say that THE LAST HOLIDAY with Queen Latifah is his favorite movie. (It is not a joke.)

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day this month, Roadmap will additionally select one indigenous screenwriter to participate in the Pitch Prep Program for FREE in the month of December. Click here to register for this special opportunity.
The deadline to submit is October, 31st 2020
Each month, Roadmap selects one diverse screenwriter to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our Career Writer Program) for FREE!

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

Winners will also receive a 30 minute call with Daniela Gonzalez, literary manager at Circle of Confusion. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the industry and learn how you can best position yourself for success.

Lastly, winners will also be invited to participate in a free “Real Talk with Nita” session via Zoom with Roadmap's Access Programs Coordinator, Adquanita Curtis, and an industry executive of color. During this candid session you will be able to chat with Adquanita about your specific goals, and needs, as a writer of color and how we here at Roadmap can best help you achieve these goals. There will also be a guided Q&A session with the guest executive!

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 polish her screenplays.

Who should apply? This program is for diverse screenwriters with at least one completed original Feature or TV Pilot who are ready to tackle the marketing aspect of their career and start getting their work out there!

How to Enter

To apply for this tribute, please submit in PDF format:

  1. A one-page statement highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.
  2. A scripted writing sample (Pilot or Feature).

The deadline for entries is on the 25th via the Submit with Coverfly link below.

Past Tribute Winners