Step 1: Pitch Prep Program – November 2021

Career Writer Program
$399.00
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You will be sent an invoice for the remainder of your balance 2 weeks after the start of the program 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.

Pitch Prep Program is Step 1 of the Career Writer Program.
Writers must complete Steps 1-4 to be considered for our Top Tier Program.

*This program is SOLD OUT until November 2021.*
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STEP 1: PITCH PREP PROGRAM


Hone your written & verbal pitch, mold your brand, and get prepared to properly market your material!

So you're finally getting the hang of this writing thing—it's all starting to come together. But when it comes time to pitch it, your amazing story is not coming through—or worse, you freeze up and have no idea what to say—and you can't figure out why. Roadmap understands your frustration, which is why we've put together a Pitch Prep Program that revolves all around pitching and how to master your pitch! 

Train with the Roadmap Team and working industry executives to refine your pitch and figure out what's breaking down in translation and how to build it up! 

Walk away with:

  • a tight 2-pg. written pitch
  • a practiced 5-6 min. verbal pitch ready to put to the test
  • and a personal brand logline highlighting your unique perspective as a screenwriter!

Limited to 9 writers each month so every writer gets optimal attention!


THIS MONTH YOU WILL... 
Learn a formula to structure your pitch. 
Master tone and voice when pitching. 
Practice with professionals who can help you identify where your pitch is weakest - and strongest. 
And gain confidence for the hot seat!

 

Sunday Webinars

Summary

These 90-Min. Webinars typically take place on Sunday afternoons @ 4:00pm PT. They consist of a 30-60-min. lecture followed by 30-60-min. of Q&A (so come with questions!) There are at least 2x Sunday Webinars per month and all are included in your program. You’ll receive the topics, dates, & join links at the start of the month prior to the first Webinar. 

VIEW UPCOMING WEBINAR SCHEDULE

Orientation & Logline Prep Lecture

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Summary

Learn the fundamentals of pitching and compose your watertight 2-pg. written pitch, including loglines, tonal comps, characters, synopses, & more! This is one of our most popular Clinics with consistent results!

Host:
Dorian Connelley - Co-Founder/COO, Roadmap Writers

Dorian was fresh off working for producer Mark Ciardi (THE ROOKIE, MIRACLE, CHAPPAQUIDDICK) when she co-founded Roadmap as its COO. She has years of experience in talent management, live events, and feature film producing. When she's not helping writers perfect their pitches, she can be found at music festivals and karaoke bars.

Verbal Pitch Prep Lecture

Date / Time
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Summary

This lecture and Q&A will cover:

  • The general structure of a pitch
  • Honing in on the basic goals of pitching
  • Tips on holding an exec's attention during your pitch
  • And you'll hear an example verbal pitch to get you off on the right foot!

Host:
Chris Deckard - Manager / Co-Founder, Fictional Entity
After graduating from Cornell University and earning his J.D. From Notre Dame Law, Chris Deckard pivoted to entertainment where he spent over seven years at ICM Partners and WME before co-founding the management/production company Fictional Entity in 2017. Chris has cast, packaged, and sold numerous features, series, and new media projects to both domestic and international audiences in addition to helping writers staff on Netflix and Amazon series. Fictional Entity's clients have been named to The Black List, The Hit List, The Young & Hungry List, The Blood List, the PAGE Awards, the Nicholl Awards, the AWG, ADG, SPA, and AACTA. Clients have written, directed, starred, and produced in numerous formats, including features, TV, virtual reality, and podcasts, independently and for companies like Netflix, NBCUniversal, Legendary, Marvel, Fremantle, SyFy, the CW, Warner Bros., Amazon, Blumhouse, Hulu, Comedy Central, the ABC Australia, Foxtel, TruTV, Super Deluxe, Hallmark, Lifetime, CBS, Facebook, E!, and MSNBC.

Logline & Comps Clinic

Date / Time
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Summary

We will workshop your Loglines together as a group, including Title, Format, Genre, and Comps. After the clinic, you will then receive the worksheet we used to keep and refer back to you as you revise. 

Host:
Dorian Connelley - Co-Founder/COO, Roadmap Writers

Dorian was fresh off working for producer Mark Ciardi (THE ROOKIE, MIRACLE, CHAPPAQUIDDICK) when she co-founded Roadmap as its COO. She has years of experience in talent management, live events, and feature film producing. When she's not helping writers perfect their pitches, she can be found at music festivals and karaoke bars.

Written Pitch Prep Lecture

Date / Time
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Summary

We’ll continue the rest of the Written Pitch Prep Lecture including Characters, Synopsis, Season One, and Series Overview sections. Following the lecture, we’ll look through the notes on the marked-up pitch documents you submitted in ASSIGNMENT #2 for anyone who wants to stay. After the session, you will receive a Word and/or Google Docs copy of your marked-up pitch document to use to complete your revision for the following week.

Host:
Dorian Connelley - Co-Founder/COO, Roadmap Writers

Dorian was fresh off working for producer Mark Ciardi (THE ROOKIE, MIRACLE, CHAPPAQUIDDICK) when she co-founded Roadmap as its COO. She has years of experience in talent management, live events, and feature film producing. When she's not helping writers perfect their pitches, she can be found at music festivals and karaoke bars.

Panel with Top Tier Mentors

Date / Time
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Summary

James will invite a panel of 3x writers from our Top Tier Program to discuss the process of the Career Writer Program and offer advice on goals and getting the most out of the program. 

Host:
James Moorer - Director of Writer Outreach & Diversity Initiatives, Roadmap Writers

James is an author, screenwriter, producer and motivational speaker who loves to find a way to succeed. James has also worked as an actor and voice talent on numerous projects. He's passionate about finding the story within the story and helping writers find their own given greatness. His other passion is being the San Fernando valley's expert on finding the best Pancakes.

Written Pitch Prep Clinic - Material Review

Date / Time
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Summary

Dorian will have marked up your revised pitch documents ahead of time and during the session we will read through each writer’s pitch together in its entirety, fixing any last issues & areas of confusion along the way.

Host:
Dorian Connelley - Co-Founder/COO, Roadmap Writers

Dorian was fresh off working for producer Mark Ciardi (THE ROOKIE, MIRACLE, CHAPPAQUIDDICK) when she co-founded Roadmap as its COO. She has years of experience in talent management, live events, and feature film producing. When she's not helping writers perfect their pitches, she can be found at music festivals and karaoke bars.

Verbal Pitch Prep Clinic

Date / Time
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Summary

Learn the art of delivering your verbal pitch, including how to pitch conversationally (without reading!), how to efficiently incorporate all of the necessary elements of a pitch (tone, characters, plot), and how to make your pitch relatable and universal. Then, deliver your verbal pitch for practice and notes.

Host:
Alexandra Davies - Director of Education, Roadmap Writers

Alexandra holds a degree in English Literature from UCLA, which she earned while pursuing acting. As an actress for many years, she learned the ins and outs of dialogue first hand, both on stage and in front of the camera. As the Director of Education at Roadmap, Alex strives to identify the most common hurdles writers face in developing their work and design classes, clinics, and webinars to address these issues. Dialogue in particular is something she's heard execs harp on time and time again, so she developed this class to tackle the subject head-on. In addition, Alex is a writer with several scripts, a novel, a short film (produced during the AT&T Shape Create-A-Thon), and a webseries (coming soon!) under her belt. Prior to Roadmap, Alex worked in live events, law, and education.

Branding Prep Clinic

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Summary

Hone in on what you, as a writer, deliver. Learn to see beyond genre and better understand how your own perspective seeps into every script you write and capitalize on that. Create an exciting and quickly digestible personal logline to better pitch yourself—and your scripts—to executives.

Host:
Briana Hansen - Writer / Comedian

Briana Hansen is an actress, comedian, and writer who loves creativity of all kinds. She's trained and performed at major comedy theaters nationwide and regularly tours the country with educational and entertaining shows. She loves helping writers find clarity in their voice, connection to their unique perspective, and confidence in themselves. 

Verbal Pitch Roundtable #1

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Summary

You'll take turns delivering your verbal pitch in a Roundtable setting and receive feedback from the exec on strengths and areas of improvement specific to your verbal pitch. Learn from notes on your own pitch and from notes given to your peers!

Host:
Justin Ross - EVP of Development & Production, Bohemia Group Originals

Born and raised in the Midwest, Justin Ross is currently the Executive Vice President of Development and Production for Bohemia Group Originals (A DARK PLACE, MORE THAN RIVALS, Spike Lee’s SON OF THE SOUTH, Taylor Sheridan’s UNTRAINED). From the Midwest, Justin began his career as a spec screenwriter for director Maguy Cohen (12 YEARS A SLAVE, GHOST PROTOCOL). He moved on to work as Creative Executive for Intrinsic Value Films (TESLA, 7 SPLINTERS IN TIME, THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES) where he secured relationships with top talent, including Scott Free Productions and the estates of prolific authors Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick. Justin’s passion is connecting good people and great stories.

Opening Pages Analysis

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Summary

Joey will give several volunteer writers from the Marketing Intensive (Step 2 of the Career Writer Program) specific feedback on their opening 3 pages. The pages will be shared on-screen with the rest of the group so everybody can learn from the feedback. The Opening Pages Analysis will start with a lecture on some of the immediate reasons an executive might pass on your work... and you might not even know you're doing one of these things! Remember, most execs won't read past page 5 if they aren't hooked from the start.

Host:
Joey Tuccio - Founder / CEO, Roadmap Writers

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.

Verbal Pitch Roundtable #2

Date / Time
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Summary

You'll take turns delivering your verbal pitch in a Roundtable setting and receive feedback from the exec on strengths and areas of improvement specific to your verbal pitch. Learn from notes on your own pitch and from notes given to your peers!

How it Works

After registering, your confirmation email will include a link for you to access your syllabus for the program, which will include any prep work & resources, class dates & times, join links, assignments, and other instructions.

All interactive sessions are conducted face-to-face via video conferencing software Zoom. While the ability to call in by phone does exist, we strongly recommend taking full advantage of the face-to-face nature of these programs, so you should plan to attend your sessions in front of a computer or stationary tablet at a desk or table in a well-lit room. 

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.