The Art and Craft of Screenwriting

Online Classes
Hosted By:
Brian Horiuchi - Writer, PARTS PER BILLION
Weekly, starting: Sunday 06/04 @ 9:30AM - 11:00AM PT
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Weekly, starting: Sunday 06/25 @ 9:30AM - 11:00AM PT
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Think about your favorite piece of art: music, writing, painting, dance, etc. Whatever the medium, the greats all look effortless. But the truth is, there was a tremendous amount of work those artists put into their craft in order to create the thing you love. Screenwriting is no different. 

It takes time, and dedication, and work to hone your skills so that when inspiration strikes, you're ready to soar. 

Because without craft, there is no art. 

Roadmap is thrilled to welcome writer Brian Horiuchi (PARTS PER BILLION, SEAL TEAM) to guide us through strategies to hone our skills and take our writing to the next level! 

This Four Week Lecture Series Will Cover

  • How to prepare and execute your vision 
  • The internal challenges writers face and how to overcome them 
  • Getting notes 
  • The business of screenwriting 

Week One: Preparation & Execution

Date / Time

This week, we will focus on strategies to prepping your scripts, and how to execute your vision on the page. We will learn about: 

  • Reading/listening/watching 
  • Building the screenwriting muscle 
  • Outlining 
  • Rewriting 

Week Two: Internal Challenges

Date / Time

This week, we will focus on mindset and the internal challenges writers face that trip them up and hold them back. We will discuss: 

  • The first pages 
  • Doubts and imposter syndrome 
  • Expectations v. reality 
  • Creating a successful strategy 

Week Three: Your First Reader/First Notes

Date / Time

This week, we will discuss the process (and pro tips) for getting the first sets of notes on a new script. We will discuss: 

  • How you know you're ready for notes 
  • Who do you go to for notes 
  • The note behind the note 

Week Four: The Business

Date / Time

This week, we'll learn what comes after you've completed your screenplay. We will discuss: 

  • Gatekeepers 
  • Representation 
  • Packaging 
  • Working with producers
More about
Brian Horiuchi

Brian has written feature scripts for Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Universal, Warner Bros. and Gold Circle, with producers including Jerry Bruckheimer, Charlize Theron, Bill Mechanic, Scarlet Johanson, Ian Bryce and Cathy Schulman. He has written one hour television pilots for CBS, SyFy, MTV (with Miguel Sapotchnik) and EOne. He wrote and directed the feature Parts Per Billion (Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Alexis Bledel) and will be co-directing his second feature film with his wife, novelist Rowan Maness. Brian is also creating a streaming series for Amazon International. 

How it Works

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel for a full refund up to 5 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this period will be ineligible for refunds.

Please ensure you are familiar with our Code of Conduct.

The Roadmap Promise

Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.