Dreaming of focused writing time surrounded by dedicated writers, industry pros, lawn bowling, pub quizzes, and fish & chips? Maybe even in a CASTLE?! Then you're in luck!
Roadmap Writers is crossing the pond to magical SCOTLAND for our 1st European Screenwriting Retreat.
Join Hollywood and International entertainment industry execs and our RoadCrew!
May 11 - 17, 2023, for 6 nights at a historic private manor in Blairgowrie, Scotland!
Story Development and Career Advice with:
Kegan Schell (Literary Manager @ Echo Lake Entertainment)
and Giselle Johnson (Creative Executive, Sony Screen Gems)!
PLUS, work on Craft & Marketing with the RoadCrew:
Branding & Marketing Prep with Joey Tuccio, CEO @ Roadmap Writers
As a direct result of working with Joey, writers at our previous retreats have been signed to Untitled Entertainment, Bohemia Group, and Industry Entertainment!
Logline Prep with Dorian Connelley, COO @ Roadmap Writers
Mindfulness for Creatives with Melody Herr, Writer/Director/Producer
And Special Guest:
Shane Isheev, Australian TV & Film Writer, Producer, and Story Editor @ HOLLYOAKS, Former Script Producer @ NEIGHBOURS
Who Should attend?
Screenwriters who are ready to put in some serious writing time while enjoying springtime in one of Europe's most historic destinations.
What to Expect
After getting settled in your well-appointed room, join our industry execs, the RoadCrew, and your fellow writers at a welcome cocktail party—including a Murder Mystery Game to break the ice and get us all acquainted!
Then get ready to dive into what promises to be a career-changing week! Each day starts with an optional meditative stretching session in the courtyard followed by a delicious continental breakfast. Quiet writing blocks, valuable breakout sessions with our team, table reads, and scheduled meetings will round out the rest of each day.
Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to recharge and get inspired. Relax as our personal chef prepares daily meals and cocktails at our private historic manor that features a game room and traditional pub. Network and bond with fellow writers, explore the area, or join us on a private tour of historic Edinburgh Castle + Royal Botanic Gardens.
Historic Manor Room Options
Twin Suite (1 Twin Bed) - $3,599 [SOLD OUT]
Double Suite (1 Double Bed) - $3,999 [SOLD OUT]
Superking Suite (1 Superking Bed) - $4,799 [SOLD OUT]
Four-Poster King Suite (1 Four-Poster King Bed) - $4,799 [SOLD OUT]
Four-Poster Superking Suite (1 Four-Poster Superking Bed) - $4,999 [1 Spot Left]
Edinburgh VIP Suite (1 Four-Poster Superking Bed) - $5,299 [1 Available]
**Want to bring a non-writer guest? Add $1,000 for double occupancy in a Private Room.
Men's Dorm (3 Twin Beds) – $2,599 per writer [2 Spots Left]
Women's Dorm (3 Twin Beds) – $2,599 per writer [SOLD OUT]
Two Twins Suite (2 Twin Beds) – $2,999 per writer [2 Spots Left]
Vaccines: All participants must show proof of full vaccination (including applicable boosters) against COVID-19 by 04/15/2023.
COVID Tests: Proof of a negative COVID test is required no more than 24 hours prior to arrival. You will also need to bring another rapid COVID test to take upon arrival and at other intervals throughout the retreat as needed.
Masks: All participants must wear an N-95 or KN95 face mask during ALL portions of travel from when you leave your house to when you arrive at the retreat manor. While we will not require face masks at the manor, face masks will be required in indoor settings outside of the manor. All offsite dining must be outdoors.
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 hundreds of writers from all over the world sign to representation, staff on series, and option and produce their projects. Our writers have been staffed on BRIDGERTON, THE FLASH, CHICAGO PD, THE FIRST LADY, NIGHT COURT, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE RESIDENT, REACHER, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, MAYANS and POKERFACE. Writers have sold, set up and been produced by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, MGM, American High, New Republic Pictures, Maven Screen Media, Lifetime, Will Packer Studios and Roku.
Joey started in the industry at Bold Films (DRIVE, NIGHTCRAWLER, WHIPLASH) and has read for Hugh Jackman's company, George Clooney's company, and Night and Day Pictures, to name a few. The only thing Joey is more passionate about than helping writers is rescuing dogs.
Dorian was fresh off working for producer Mark Ciardi (THE ROOKIE, MIRACLE, CHAPPAQUIDDICK) when she co-founded Roadmap Writers as its COO. With years of experience in talent management, live events, and feature film producing, Dorian is also a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guinea/Mali '08-'10). When she's not helping writers perfect their pitches, Dorian can be found at music festivals and karaoke bars.
Originally from a farm in rural upstate New York, Kegan Schell studied film production at Full Sail University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. Kegan joined Echo Lake Entertainment in 2017 and swiftly rose through the ranks before being promoted to manager in the literary department. Kegan specializes in working with a broad range of LGBTQ+ voices in the horror and comedy space.
K. Giselle Johnson is a native Houstonian and proud Howard alum obsessed with the world of film and TV. Over the past ten years, she has directed, written and produced numerous award-winning short films which have screened around the world as well as web series that have reached almost over 150,000 views collectively.
K. Giselle moved to LA right after college where she landed a gig at VICE Studios which at the time was a freshly funded umbrella of VICE News dedicated to bringing scripted TV and feature films to life. During her time there, she had the joy of working on the films JUDY AND PUNCH and Amazon’s THE REPORT starring Annette Bening and Adam Driver. After two years, she was recruited by Netflix to join their Original Studio Film team as a Creative Assistant where she had the pleasure of working on: THE MIDNIGHT SKY, JINGLE JANGLE, SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL and THE IRISHMAN - just to name a few. During that time, she solely produced a rom-com pilot - which sold to ALLBLK with a six-episode order and recently premiered to rave reviews - starring reality TV personality and influencer KendallKyndall (BET’s “Games People Play”), Kandi Burruss (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), with Grammy Award-winning singer-song writer, Eric Bellinger, serving as music supervisor.
K.Giselle is currently a Creative Executive at Sony/Screen Gems ushering in a new wave of diverse comedy and romance content with projects such as TWO AND ONLY, a re-imagining of classic, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING with a bisexual, Latinx POV starring history making Oscar-Winner Ariana DeBose (WEST SIDE STORY). She also recently wrapped filming on upcoming horror film TRUE HAUNTING, starring Erin Moriarty (The Boys) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Stranger Things).
When she’s not reading, writing or producing, you can find her at a food festival on a hunt for boba tea and something fried.
If you opt for the 50% deposit option, the balance will be due no later than 03/31/2023.
If you need a special payment plan, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with proposed date(s) and amount(s) and we'll see what we can do!
You may cancel for a full refund until 03/01/2023. Cancellations requested after this date will be contingent on finding a replacement to take your spot.
Roadmap reserves the right to cancel this retreat and refund your registration fee up to 14 days prior to the start of the retreat.
You are responsible for booking your own flight in a timely manner. The inability to find an appropriate flight due to procrastination will not be grounds for a refund. You should strongly consider buying trip insurance in the unlikely case the pandemic forces us to cancel the retreat. Similarly, testing positive for COVID will not be grounds for a refund. You should plan to be extra careful about your activities in the two weeks prior to the retreat to reduce your chances of testing positive.