[Genre Series] Romantic Comedy 101

Allegra Newman
Director of Development @ MarVista Entertainment

"This session was fantastic! As a romance writer, I found it incredibly eye-opening. I realized why some of my projects were not getting positive responses in the marketplace. The session provided some great guidance about how I should approach the market and what types of projects producers and buyers are looking for." - Karen Bryson, Screenwriter

Whether you’re new to writing or have been slaving away on screenplays for years, you probably have a genre or two in which you prefer to write. Maybe your favorite film as a child was a comedy, or maybe Alfred Hitchcock was your inspiration to pursue entertainment. Or maybe you saw Casablanca in college and can still remember how it made you feel. Whatever genre in which you feel compelled to storytell, there’s something about that specific method that draws you to it.

But do you really know what makes the genre work? Do you know the history, the trends, the conventions that go into building a comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, or thriller? And do you know when and how to break from convention?

If the answer was no to any of those questions, then the Genre 101 Series is for you! By better understanding the differences, tools, and methods of storytelling each genre provides, you can become a significantly more effective screenwriter.

Join us for this upcoming webinar where we’ll focus on the romantic comedy genre.

This 85-Minute Webinar Covers:

  • What do we mean when we say 'RomCom'?
  • What are the different varieties of RomComs?
  • How RomComs are constructed
  • The difference between RomComs and traditional Romances


About Your Host

With fifteen years of experience developing and producing scripted and unscripted series for broadcast, cable, and digital platforms, Allegra Newman is driven to create compelling characters and stories across comedies, dramas, and docu-series. She currently oversees development of low-budget female-driven thrillers and romantic comedies for MarVista Entertainment, an independent film studio based in Los Angeles with partnerships in Toronto and Latin America. Prior to this, she was Director of Development for Nickelodeon's live-action department, where two of the pilots she helped manage - KNIGHT SQUAD and COUSINS FOR LIFE - were both picked up to series. Before jumping into scripted development, she also served as a production executive at the Hub Network and produced story for various unscripted series and game shows, including PARENTS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND with host Joey Fatone, NBC's DEAL OR NO DEAL and FOX's TRADING SPOUSES and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES. MarVista is a super active production company that partners with major companies like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, FOX, HBO, Hallmark, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, SyFy, Universal and Disney.

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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