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.


August 2018 Recipient: Jaclyn Chan

Once upon a time, Jaclyn Chan was a high-flying banker in New York, so she did the next most obvious thing. She quit her job to pursue comedy writing. Family and friends laughed… and she knew she was on the right track.

Since then, Jaclyn has written for a variety of television shows in Singapore, her home country, in genres spanning comedy, drama and children’s programming. Her work has been nominated at the Asian Television Awards and the International Emmys. However, her proudest moment was making children cry with her picture book, The Adventures of Lofty de Lizzard.

Jaclyn obtained her graduate degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Tired of the censorship in Singapore, she recently moved back to Los Angeles and has formed a new writing team with Choya, her 9-year old beagle.


Past Tribute Winners...

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