[Craft Series] How to Keep Readers Reading

Jessica Jacobs
Independent Producer

Ah, the early pages of your script. So fun, so exciting, but also so fraught with potential peril. After all, we've all heard the dreaded "well, I got to page X and then you lost me" from an exec at some point. The truth is, when everyone has so much to read, keeping a reader engaged and excited about your script at page 10, 30, 100 is no easy feat. 

The good news is, it can absolutely be done, and Jessica Jacobs is here to show us how! 

This 90 Minute Webinar Will Cover: 

  • Writing with clarity and trimming any fat
  • Pacing and scene structure 
  • Writing characters that make us want to keep reading
  • Live Q&A 


About Your Host

While studying Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, Jessica Jacobs knew she wanted to produce content that inspired people and connected them. While in school, she expanded her taste by working for Weed Road Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, A&E Networks, and Electric City Entertainment. She also co-wrote, directed, and produced a number of shorts, including Life In Text (starring Alexandra Daddario & Tyler Ritter) that gained rave reviews on Yahoo!, NoFilmSchool.com, and Slashfilm. After graduating, Jess became a Film Independent Lab fellow and was awarded a grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for her filmmaking endeavors.

Over the last 5 years, Jess has rose through the ranks in both development and production. Early in her career, Jess found her niche in acquiring and developing Intellectual Property at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8. In the book department, she scouted available IP and emerging filmmakers, developed tentpole movies for global audiences, and brought in I HATE THE INTERNET, a NYT Bestseller (currently in development at TNT w/ Chelsea Handler producing). Jess later worked under Paul Schiff (RUSHMORE) on set and in post on Netflix's HOW IT ENDS, starring Forest Whitaker. She also brought in and produced Netflix’s FRACTURED, a psychological thriller starring Sam Worthington.

From 2018-2019, Jess served as a Director or Development at Artillery Creative, a boutique management & production company, where she oversaw film and television and worked closely with their diverse literary clients. Now, Jess is an independent producer and her slate champions female driven content, diverse voices, left of center stories, and underdogs. She loves the power of collaboration and continues to pursue projects that inspire and connect people.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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