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.
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!
There are two groups each month. While both groups will have common lectures and other sessions, each group's Workshops and Roundtables (and due dates) will be unique. The coach for Group #1 is Roadmap COO Dorian Connelley while the coach for Group #2 is Roadmap's Director of Access Programs Tristan J Shuler. Use the drop-down above to choose your desired month/group, then go to the Schedule tab to see each program's unique session dates.
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!
I cannot get over how effective the lectures (and their content!) were. To see all of us improve SO much over a month—to feel 10 times more confident at the end of the month than I did at the beginning. Everything was purposeful and useful. I'd recommend to anyone!
~ Ashley Glacel, Screenwriter
Even if you have been raised by wolves, Dorian can show you how to get to the heart of your story and then package it professionally like a human writer. Her experienced insight and surgeon-like precision are pretty inspiring to watch in action. We've all become better writers because of her. And her energy and humor make the classes a delight.
~ Cath Gulick, Screenwriter
I am not sure what I was expecting at Roadmap but I am getting so much more out of it than I thought - it has been illuminating in so many ways. I think as writers we work in a bubble, and being able to work in a group like this is so helpful. I also found that refining both the written and verbal pitch has revealed ways I can improve my scripts structurally and I have then made tweaks to the screenplays. Honestly, I LOVE Roadmap!
~ Lucinda Spurling, Screenwriter
What an amazing lesson that I can use forever. Thank you!
~ Mika Frank, Screenwriter
The Pitch Prep Program really worked. My previous written pitches got a big yawn but the latest feedback scores almost all excellent ratings. Thanks.
~ Greg Price, Screenwriter
I was three for three on script requests this past weekend with my exec meetings. I attribute that success to the pitch prep. I really learned a lot during the past couple of months. Thank you so much!
~ McKenzie Hamilton, Screenwriter
I wanted to pass along a thank you to you guys. I had a good pitch today and at the end, the exec asked me to send him a pitch document. Thanks to Dorian’s class in the pitch prep I felt I had a professional document to send and was able to get it right out to him. So, thanks, guys!
~ Marc Leighton, Screenwriter
I have to say Pitch Prep went way beyond my wildest expectations! It was fabulous. The logline, written pitch, and verbal pitch skills I picked up were invaluable. Can't wait to see what's in store in the Marketing Intensive.
~ Laurie Miller, Screenwriter
Dorian answered a question on loglines for me that cut through all the bulls*** and helped me finally rewrite 3 of mine. Those 30 seconds alone were worth the fee for the whole course.
~ Jaime Kawamoto, Screenwriter
I honestly am so grateful for everything I learned during any of my sessions with Roadmap, it definitely opened my eyes to a new side of the business, and it's especially helped with all of my pitches (I still refer to your pitch tips)!
~ Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena, Screenwriter (2021-22 Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop Fellow)
I can't believe how much I'm getting out of my journey down the 'road'. Working with Roadmap is the single smartest decision I've made since I started writing.
~ Tom Holowach, Screenwriter
Dorian is a force of nature! It was such a pleasure working with her in the Pitch Prep Program and Marketing Intensive. Our group learned so much; it's clear our confidence is growing every time we pitch—all thanks to Roadmap! We received specific notes, invaluable guidance, and, most importantly, we laughed all along the way.
~ Brenda Lynn Bynum, Screenwriter
If you told me I could create a watertight logline, written pitch AND verbal pitch in just one month WHILE making new friends, I wouldn't believe you. But you can – Dorian and the team are that amazing. It would have taken me months to do it on my own, and I still wouldn't know if it was any good or have anyone to test it out on. If you're on the fence, ask me questions!
~ Kyle Collins, Screenwriter (@kylecollins on Twitter)
Roadmap changed the game for me. The Career Writer Program was instrumental in getting eyeballs on my work. I think every writer should take Dorian's logline workshop in the Pitch Prep Program. Her formula is genius and taught in a way that sticks! I've had 8 different scripts requested in less than two months and that's because my loglines tell a story and have helped me stand out. Thank you for helping me on this road to getting a rep. Now that I'm signed, I'm so excited to really get to work!
~ Jaime Kawamoto, Roadmap Signed Screenwriter #255
Just wanted to let you know what's going on with me... I sold a pitch late last year to a MAJOR animation studio and am now co-writing a feature for them!! I honestly couldn't have done it without the Career Writer Program! It got me comfortable in front of execs and helped me craft a super tight pitch. Thank you so much for truly preparing me to shine whenever these opportunities arise.
~ Jaclyn Chan, Diversity Initiative Winner (August 2018)
Before Roadmap. I was feeling extremely lost about how to pursue a professional writing career. Once I joined the Career Writer Program, I acquired more tools and knowledge in the first month than I had in years of trying on my own. I now understand how to talk about my projects and my brand with such ease, which was exactly what I needed to sign with my first literary manager! I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the Career Writer Program—not only do I have skills and confidence I will use throughout my career, but I also have a community of support that I will lean on forever. Worth every penny!
~ Kristina Denton, Roadmap Signed Screenwriter #254
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.
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