Is there anything more exciting than developing your characters for a new project? You get to put together their backstory, discover their wounds, and define their personality. But, sometimes writers get nervous when it comes to developing queer characters. Did they do enough development? Do they come across as fully fleshed out human beings? And how can they make sure their characters don't fall flat?
To answer all this and more, Roadmap is thrilled to host some of our favorite creatives in this special webinar event in honor of Pride Month!
This 60 Minute Panel Will Cover:
- Developing queer characters
- Voice and authenticity
- Live Q&A
Roadmap Writers is a talent training and discovery platform for screenwriters ready for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate your craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped more than 185 writers sign to representation and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script.
E. Napoletano (she/they) is an award-winning screenwriter and non-award-winning standup comedian with an unapologetic (and totally not creepy) obsession with death and dying. They tell stories that explore how death creates a delicious cocktail of humor, hope, and grace that gives folx permission to be who they’ve always wanted to be if they’re brave enough to take a swig — kinda like E. did after their mother died and they came out as nonbinary and pansexual in their 40s. As far as accolades go, E. won the inaugural Population Media Center Fellowship at the 2019 Cinestory TV Retreat, top prize at The Breakk Screenwriting Retreat that same year (an event created by Karen Kirkland), and was a 2019 Sundance Episodic Lab Second Rounder. Whew. 2019 was a big year. In this magical year of 2021, E. now has two shows in active development, two dogs who love to steal E.’s panties, and one spouse that does not share E.’s obsession with death but who remains fabulous, despite trouncing E. at Galaga. Every. F***ing. Time.
John Lowe is a comedic writer but considers himself more of a word stylist. He graduated with honors from The University of Notre Dame in May of 2007 with double majors in TV Writing and English Literature. He began his career as an agency assistant in the TV Department at ICM. After the agency he worked as a PA on Bones (FOX) and then as a Writer's Assistant on Detroit 187 (ABC). He's staffed on the Disney+ series called Beauty that is being Executive Produced by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Josh Gad. He's repped by Epicenter and Buchwald.
John dabbles in the world of unscripted and has worked as a producer on shows like Project Runway and Top Chef. His ultimate goal is to follow in the footsteps of Michaela Coel, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Donald Glover and Shonda Rhimes with their smart, blunt and inventive sensibilities. As a black and queer man, the characters and worlds he creates will always be diverse, inclusive and captivating.
Michael Poisson is an LGBTQ writer and two-time Emmy Award nominee for his work on Adult Swim’s ROBOT CHICKEN. He also worked on the writing staffs of the Sony/Hulu stop-motion series CROSSING SWORDS, as well as the Macro/Netflix superhero series RAISING DION. Michael is the creator of a sci-fi comedy pilot in development at digital platform Eko. He is also the creator of the graphic novel THE ARCS published by Fanbase Press. Previously, he developed with Red Hour and Full Fathom Five on his dark comedy, UNRAVELING: A Sadistic Musical. Before writing full time, Michael was the Director of Development for Krysten Ritter’s production company Silent Machine Entertainment, based at Universal. Outside of the industry, Michael has worked as a crisis counselor at The Trevor Project – a suicide lifeline for LGBTQ youth.
If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org!