Become a Pro Reader

Online Classes
Hosted By:
Beverly Neufeld - Adjunct Assistant Professor, USC
Weekly, starting on Sunday, 02/12 @ 10:00AM - 12:00PM PT
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$299.00
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You will be sent an invoice for the remainder of your balance to the email address you use to pay the deposit. Balances must be paid in full prior to the end of the class unless prior arrangements are made. Failure to pay invoices in a timely manner will result in the forfeiture of your spot and you will not be permitted to complete the program. Questions? Email info@roadmapwriters.com.

BECOME A PRO READER: Story Analysis &  Writing Coverage for Film & TV

This course is limited to only 10 writers who not only want to better understand the coverage they receive on their own scripts but also want to train to be considered for open industry-wide reading assignments!

You've heard of coverage and you may have even gotten some done on your scripts. It seems simple: you read the script and give notes, but coverage is a practiced technique that Readers (people who do coverage) need to learn and master like any other skill required for a job. For you to succeed in today's competitive industry and attempt to get a job as a Reader with a contest or company, you need to exhibit you understand the basics of coverage and can provide a straightforward synopsis and insightful comments. Being a Reader is a coveted position in the industry and this Clinic will give you the edge you need to get ahead of the pack!

This 3-Week Clinic Will Cover:

  • What Coverage is
  • The different types of Coverage
  • How to write Coverage
  • The elements companies look for in your Coverage when they consider hiring
  • The art of understanding how to give notes - both verbally and in writing
  • Live Discussion!

Roadmap is also offering a special, limited number of FREE, sponsored spots for this class by application

We encourage members of the BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent communities to apply. 

Please Submit your application by Sunday, 1/29 @ 12:00pm PST for consideration. 

Week One - Introduction to Coverage

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Summary

This week, we will cover: 

  • What coverage is and who coverage is done for and why 
  • Step by step on how to do script coverage
  • The different kinds of coverage
  • The Instructor's template for coverage 
  • Instructor will explain the homework 

 

Week Two - Coverage Critique and Comparisons

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This week: 

  • Instructor will discuss common strengths and weaknesses she noticed from the homework 
  • Instructor will more specifically critique each writer's coverage highlighting things they did well and areas that need more fleshing out 
  • Instructor will share her own coverage for the same scripts with the class and do a comparison between her professional coverage and the class' first attempts 
  • Instructor will discuss the art of giving verbal notes v. written notes and explain the assignment for the following week 

Week Three - Verbal First 30 Consultations

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Summary

This week: 

  • Writers will take turns giving their "First 30 Consultations" (verbal notes) on their assigned scripts 
  • Instructor will offer a critique of strengths and areas of improvement re: writers' verbal notes 
  • Instructor will offer tips and advice on where to look for open Reader positions and opportunities and what to expect if/when you land one
More about
Beverly Neufeld
Adjunct Assistant Professor
USC

Beverly Neufeld received her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA where she won first place in the Samuel Goldwyn competition for her feature, Brown Widow. She also won Slamdance’s TV pilot competition judged by Norman Lear’s Act III Productions for her original one-hour pilot, The Claytons. This script landed her both a manager and an agent. Other TV pilots and specs have won or placed in the Nicholls, the Warner Brother’s competition and more. Beverly has written for the children’s web show, The Gummy Bear Show, the series The Dating Chronicles, and has been hired to rewrite over six features, including the independent film,Wajdja, by the first Saudi Arabian female filmmaker, Haifaa al Mansour.

She has also just co-written a film in pre-production, Action! Action!

Beverly has also worked in development and as a reader and screenplay consultant for over 5,000 scripts. She was the Director of Development for Juntobox Films under Nina Yang and Forest Whittaker, and worked for such companies as Slamdance Films, CAA, FOX, Gersh, Coverage Ink, The Page Competition, and Roadmap Writers, etc. She also does private consultations and judges screenwriting competitions. Beverly has taught coverage workshops online, contributes to writing blogs and magazines, and has spoken on quite a few panels.

Her upcoming book: I Got You Covered: The Premiere and Fun Guide to Giving Script Coverage, Notes, and Story Analysis So Everybody Wins is set for publication in May, 2022.

Beverly loves writing and also helping others find, hone and express their vision and voice - all in an empowering and fun way.

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.