Step 1: Pitch Prep Program

Career Writer Program
$399.00
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You will be sent an invoice for the remainder of your balance 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.

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 Christine Mathewson Coronado. 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!

 

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 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.

Verbal Pitch Prep Lecture

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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.

Uncle James' Pitchin' Kitchen

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Summary

Come get tips on pitching, practice your pitch with others in the Roadmap community, or just listen to what works and what doesn't as you cheer on your fellow writers! 

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 Lecture

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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 submitted by the folks in the Pitch Prep Program group for anyone who wants to stay. 

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 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.

Logline & Comps Clinic

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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 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.

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.

During the session, you'll present your personal brand logline and workshop it together with the group.

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.

Panel with Top Tier Mentors

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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.

The Name of the Game: Trade Talk

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Summary

We all want to be successful, but the path to success can feel so long and daunting that we don't know where to start. Or we're sitting around waiting for the perfect rep/producer/network to somehow find our screenplay and launch our careers. 

But the world has changed. These days, it takes more than a great screenplay to be successful in this business—it takes unrelenting business-minded discipline. Daily. Screenwriters must be more than a unique creative voice—you must also be savvy and well-versed on the changes in TV & film and the people behind them. Understanding the business of show business is an essential skill for every screenwriter. Because business... is The Name of the Game

This can be time-consuming, so this eye-opening monthly webinar The Name of the Game: Trade Talk covers the most important industry updates and what you can and should be doing right now to further your career without sacrificing time for your craft. Execs are encyclopedias when it comes to industry knowledge. Learn how to impress with your ability to talk shop in any meeting!

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

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Summary

Your host 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:
Christine Mathewson-Coronado - Director of Access Programs, Roadmap Writers

Christine was named after a Stephen King novel about a car that kills people, but it could have been worse. Christine is a glorified geek and writes horror, sci-fi and fantasy. She's worked for Monkeypaw, Hivemind and Village Roadshow and is interested in scripts about intersectional feminist narratives.

Verbal Pitch Prep Clinic

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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 character, story and entertainment 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. 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.

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:
Tommy Stackhouse - Head of Comedy Department, Framework

Tommy Stackhouse currently works at Framework. Prior he was working in the Talent Group at Brillstein Entertainment Partners (JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY; CENTRAL PARK). Prior to this, he spent four years in the Talent Department at WME (DON’T BREATHE; CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), where he was elevated to the role of TV Talent Coordinator. Tommy has produced films that have been screened internationally and in the US, with several of his titles landing distribution deals through Amazon, Google Play, and other online platforms. Before moving to Los Angeles, Tommy worked in production, with credits in the Location Management, Assistant Director, and Production Management departments. Tommy is an avid reader who’s actively searching for exciting new voices to work with.

Verbal Pitch Roundtable #2

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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:
Sarah Aldrich - Manager of Scripted Television, 3311 Productions

Sarah Aldrich is a Manager of Scripted TV at 3311 Productions. 3311's history is in features, where they have made THE ASSISTANT, BRIGSBY BEAR, and IN A WORLD. She joined the team about three years ago, shortly after they opened the TV department. 3311 has since sold projects to A24, 20th Century, and A&E. Sarah has also worked in features and continues to contribute to the feature side at 3311 as well. Sarah studied screenwriting at USC and is extremely passionate about telling stories from new perspectives. One of her main goals is tracking and working with up-and-coming writers and helping to bring new voices to light.

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.

Testimonials

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

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.